Steppenwolf Author:Hermann Hesse With its blend of Eastern mysticism and Western culture, Hesse’s best-known and most autobiographical work is one of literature’s most poetic evocations of the soul’s journey to liberation — Harry Haller is a sad and lonely figure, a reclusive intellectual for whom life holds no joy. He struggles to reconcile the wild primeval w... more »olf and the rational man within himself without surrendering to the bourgeois values he despises. His life changes dramatically when he meets a woman who is his opposite, the carefree and elusive Hermine. The tale of the Steppenwolf culminates in the surreal Magic Theater—For Madmen Only!
Originally published in English in 1929, Steppenwolf ’s wisdom continues to speak to our souls and marks it as a classic of modern literature.« less
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Hesse's ability to character-develop really soars with this work. Wasn't sure I could like anything better than his famous "Siddartha" but this equals it at least. A darker and more edgy read, it really takes you into the mind of the characters. Very remeniscent of Dostoyevsky. Couldn't put it down!
Steppenwolf is a slightly disturbing story of a killer obsessed by olfactory sensations, particularly scents of women. The main character can be hard to identify with but is pitiful in many regards. I definitely recommend it to mature readers.