Editorial Reviews. Review. “A poetic novel unique in its fascination.” ―Thomas Mann. “Hesse was a great writer in precisely the modern sense: complex, subtle, . Dec 4, Goldmund, a novice, enters the monastery. Like Narcissus, Goldmund is very beautiful. Goldmund’s horse stays in the monastery. His only. Feb 6, One of the reasons I enjoy Hesse’s writings is for its archetypal, there are any underlying homosexual themes in Narcissus and Goldmund or.

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You are commenting using your WordPress. I like the historical-yet-undetermined contest of the book even if the Goldmund character doesn’t look that realistic to me. The point is that this novel is a great piece of writing.

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He is a broken man. And this experience of distance, of absence at-hand, is crucial to a broader array of the human condition.

Either one was a man or one was a woman, either a wanderer or sedentary burgher, either a thinking person or a feeling person-no one could breathe in at the same time as he breathed out, be a man as well as a woman, experience freedom as well as order, combine instinct and mind. By emphasizing the necessity of spacing and differentiation to friendship, the text functions to disrupt efforts to organize a totalitarian community in which spacing and difference are either entirely erased or are commanded within a fixed set of allowable positions.


One always had to pay for the one with the loss of the other, and one thing was always just as important and desirable as the other.

My own reading was hdsse by having studied mysticism by this time and not yet having read Nietzsche’s The Birth of Tragedy. Like most of Hesse’s works, the main theme of this book is the wanderer’s struggle to find himself, as well as the Jungian union of polar opposites Mysterium Coniunctionis. He calls the artist-thinker a mystic. Tu credi che ti giudichi troppo poco erudito, troppo poco logico o troppo poco pio.

Narcissus and Goldmund

Paperback gldmund, pages. Narcissus and Goldmund tells the narrative of two men although Goldmund gets a bigger chunk of the storyeach seeking a higher fulfillment in his own way.

Hence, there are no easy answers. We SEE everything in a new hessee, at least for as long as we remember what is important, what makes a difference. The struggle has never lessened through the decades but knowing the source of my angst and putting the names of Narcissus and Goldmund to the conflicting drives helped.

The Labyrinth of Friendship: Penguin Modern Classics published this translation inentitled “Narziss and Goldmund”, reprinting inx2, x2, x2, The novel is less focused on events as than on mediating about the meaning of live itself. Friends must be occasions golddmund communication.

Throughout Germany, many schools are named after him. Friendship, according to Hesse, is one of the human social relationships and structures which enable and sustain human uniqueness. Just observing that delicate friendships that oddly sometimes exist between the people who see the world in completely different way somehow felt enriching.


Gldmund timeline and geography of the narrative is left somewhat vague, as the tale is largely metaphorical and makes little attempt at historical accuracy. See all 3 questions about Narcissus and Goldmund….

Narcissus and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse

There once was an almost-Narcissus go,dmund then. For his text repetitively deploys metaphors, figures and structures of distance, space and room. He finds out that it was done by Master Niklaus.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. November 10, at 2: The paths of the two young men reach a parting point. The first translation into English, by Geoffrey Dunlopappeared goldmunr entitled Death and the Lover. Sia nei suoi aspetti negativi che in quelli positivi.

Thanks for the suggestion, Grant! November 11, at 3: