Magister Ludi The Glass Bead Game Author:Hermann Hesse Magister Ludi — the Glass Bead Game — This is Hesse's last and greatest work, a triumph of imagination which won for him the Nobel Prize for Literature. Described as "sublime" by Thomas Mann, admired by Andre Gide and T.S. Eliot, this prophetic novel is a chronicle of the future about Castalia, an elitist group formed after the chaos of the 20-th... more » century's wars. It is the key to a full understanding of Hesse's thought.
The Hesse Phenomenon
Why has one European writer, Hermann Hesse, captured the imagination and loyalty of a whole generation of Americans? Because he is a vital, spiritual force, the Western man most profoundly in touch with the East - its mysticism, it's culture, its sacred visions. For this generation, Hesse represents a belief in the individual life that must be defended against the hordes and the ways of the modern world.« less