The Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse
(Magister Ludi) A Novel

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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.
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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.

 

About Hermann Hesse

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Hermann Hesse was born in 1877. His books include Siddhartha, Steppenwolf, Narcissus and Goldmund, and Magister Ludi. He died in 1962.
 
Published December 6, 2002 by Holt Paperbacks. 580 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Philip Oltermann on Jan 22 2009

...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.

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Reviewed by Christopher Rose on Mar 20 2008

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!

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Reviewed by Kat Kiddles on Mar 21 2011

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.

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