The first of Hermann Hesse's novels to reflect his new way of thinking about the mind and his interest in the experience of the interior self.
Hermann Hesse was born in Calw, Germany, in 1877. After a short period at a seminary he moved to Switzerland to work as a bookseller. During the First World War he worked for the Red Cross. His later novels - most importantly Siddhartha (1922), Steppenwolf (1927), Narcissus und Goldmund (1930) and The Glass Bead Game (1943) - 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 1946. Hermann Hesse died in 1962.
Hesse is not a traditional teller of tales but a novelist of ideas
and a moralist of a high order...The autobiographical undercurrent
gives Demian an Existentialist intensity and a depth of
understanding that are rare in contemporary fiction. * Saturday
Beautifully written, it has a seriousness as compelling as as that of The Waste Land . . . the work of a major writer * Observer *
One can neither date nor doubt the sincerity of the hero s search for satisfaction or the quality of the spirit that lies behind it -- Times Literary Supplement