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On the advice of his psychoanalyst, a disciple of Carl Gustav Jung, Hesse was initially reluctant to start using colours and brushes, but then he felt so relieved that painting became his preferred activity. Fascinated by the beauty of nature and attracted by the expressive power of colour, Hesse painted over three thousand watercolours during his life, mainly depicting dreamy, brightly coloured landscapes in Ticino, but he also illustrated small volumes and booklets of poems. In the following thirty years, though aware of his amateurish approach, Hermann Hesse always considered painting as a very important expressive form.
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At the medieval monastery of Mariabronn, the restless Goldmund realises he isn't cut out for a cloistered life under the tutelage of his friend and mentor, the ascetic Narziss, and so begins a series of travels that see him work his way through most of the seven deadly sins before finding a psychic resolution of sorts in an apprenticeship to a master sculptor. Only by feeding his appetite for worldly experience does Goldmund finally find the courage to face death. Hermann Hesse was born in Calw, Germany, in After a short period at a seminary he moved to Switzerland to work as a bookseller. His later novels - most importantly Siddhartha , Steppenwolf , Narcissus und Goldmund and The Glass Bead Game - and his poems and critical essays established him as one of the towering literary figures of the German-speaking world. He won many literary awards including the Nobel Prize for Literature in Hermann Hesse died in
In the old monastery of Mariabronn lives the abbot Daniel, "who might be a saint, but he was not a scholarly man. His was the simplicity, which is indeed wisdom. Already by this time, Narcissus believes that he will stay in the monastery forever and make his career there, as he has "a feeling for the character and destination of men, not only for his own, but also for others'. The abbot reprimands Narcissus, because he did not obey to the older and consequently superior colleague, but at the same time utters the wish, that "you may ever have a superior, who is more stupid than you are: there is no better cure against arrogance. Like Narcissus, Goldmund is very beautiful.
First published in , Narcissus and Goldmund is the story of two diametrically opposite men: one, an ascetic monk firm in his religious commitment, and the other, a romantic youth hungry for worldly experience. Hesse was a great writer in precisely the modern sense: complex, subtle, allusive: alive to the importance of play. Narcissus and Goldmund is his very best. What makes this short book so limitlessly vast is the body-and-soul-shaking debate that runs through it, which it has the honesty and courage not to resolve: between the flesh and spirit, art and scientific or religious speculation, action and contemplation. Last edited by Clean Up Bot. May 17, History. By Hermann Hesse.
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