Magister Ludi - The Glass Bead Game Author:Hermann Hesse This is Hesse's last and greatest work, which won for him the Nobel Prize for Literature. Described as "sublime" by Thomas Mann, admired by Andre Gide and T.S. Eliot, it is considered one of the important novels of this century. Originally published in German as Das Glasperienspiel and recently published in a new translation as The Glass Bead Ga... more »me, it is better known in English as MAGISTER LUDI. This new translation is as majestic and contemporary as its content. The award-winning translators, Richard and Clara Winston, have captured Hermann Hesse, the author of Steppenwolf and Demian, at the height of his creative and prophetic powers, and this book is the key to a full understanding of his thought.
Inside the front cover: "Something like chess but far more intricate, the game of Magister Ludi known as the Glass Bead Game is thought in its purest form, a synthesis through which philosophy, art, music and scientific law are appreciated simultaneously. The scholar-players are isolated within Castalia, an autonomous elite institution devoted wholly to the mind and the imagination..."« less