The Glass Bead Game, for which Hesse won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946, is the author's last and crowning achievement, the most imaginative and prophetic of all his novels. Setting the story in the distant postapocalyptic future, Hesse tells of an elite cult of intellectuals who play an elaborate game that uses all the cultural and scientific knowledge of the Ages. The Glass Bead Game is a fascinating tale of the complexity of modern life as well as a classic of modern literature.
This edition features a Foreword by Theodore Ziolkowski that places the book in the full context of Hesse's thought.
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...with its characteristic mix of the arcane and the esoteric, the novel sketches out a timeless allegory about the ivory-tower mentality of communities devoted to a single intellectual cause.Read Full Review of The Glass Bead Game: (Magiste... | See more reviews from Guardian
This is a great, if lengthy, book which repays the persistent reader with a wonderful work of fiction, science fiction, a tantalising concept, the Glass Bead Game itself, and a profound understanding of human nature. Great stuff!Read Full Review of The Glass Bead Game: (Magiste... | See more reviews from Blog Critics
This is a book in which you have to immerse yourself. You can tell that Hesse was a devotee of meditation, as that is exactly what this whole story appears to be: a measured, thorough yet contemplative epic, not rigorous or over-dramatised.Read Full Review of The Glass Bead Game: (Magiste...
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