An Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works. Writers: Stefan Ruzowitzky, Hermann Hesse (novel) | 1 more credit» Benedict Neuenfels in Narziss und Goldmund () Add Image · See all 1 photo». Goldmund, a novice, enters the monastery. Like Narcissus, Goldmund is very beautiful. Goldmund’s horse stays in the monastery. His only.

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Now, too, Goldmund begins to recognise the limitations created by the indiscipline of his life, and begins to learn and appreciate religious practice. At the time of reading, this was my favorite Hesse book and, indeed, it is probably his quintessential novel, the one to recommend for anyone wanting to check him out. Unwillingly, he confesses to Narcissus what happened: One night, Goldmund joins his fellow pupil Adolf to the village, where he has a first taste of love with girls in a farmhouse.

E questa fa tutto insieme. I have given away copies of it for this purpose to several persons over the years. This is not a review. In his time, Hesse was a popular and influential author in the German-speaking world; worldwide fame only c Hermann Hesse was a German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. The duality of spirit and the contrast between the artistic and intellectual selves.

After straying too far in the fields one day on an errand gathering herbs, Goldmund comes across a beautiful Gypsy woman, who kisses him and invites him to make love. 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. I recommend finding a place of solitude and spiritual transcendence before delving into this as you will inevitably flip back to the beginning once finished and have to read it again.

Come il Lucio di Apuleio, Go,dmund si macchia – ripetutamente – del peccato di curiositas. And that is the reason this near-masterpiece is close, but no cigar!

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And both Luther and Goldmund were deeply conflicted. He gives up a worldly love and travels on. Although I think that sometimes Hesse stumbles on the thin line between allegory and parody, this book worths a reading.

Narcissus and Goldmund

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.

Beginning in a cloister when Goldmund is a boy being taught by Narziss, the story unfolds in a medieval context of plague and political instability in an unnamed area of the Holy Roman Empire. A 60 kilometer wide meteor is on collision course with Earth. Hessf photography ended 14th of december Updated: And so Goldmund travels through the world, loving, working, being lazy, until he arrives at the castle of a count, who, after a turbulent life on crusade, writes down his autobiography, and looks for someone who writes Latin, the scholarly language of the time.

Narcissus does not reprimand his friend for his sins, but for his neglect of praying, confessing and going to ud Holy Communion. The book is spectacular and extremely thought provoking. His name was Desiderius Erasmus. The original image archetype of a good work of art is not a living creature, although it may be the reason for it.

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But after coming back, Goldmund feels guilty. The first translation into English, by Geoffrey Dunlopappeared in entitled Death and the Lover.

She does not want that I visualize her secret. I suppose all we can ask of our mind is for a few moments of naziss at a time.

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All of his books are about the turmoil and duality of the human soul. Please combine 12 26 Jun 28, And thus can never give US any!

Hesse’s first great novel, “Peter Camenzind”, was received enthusiastically by young Germans desiring a different and more “natural” way of life at the time goldund great economic and technological progress in the country.

An artist should make “images of the soul”, and not as Master Niklaus does untrue images for the sake of greed and ambition. He does not live in the world of the mind, but in the physical world of love, music, art and mortality.


When artists create pictures and thinkers search for laws and formulate thoughts, it is in order to salvage something from the great dance of death, to make something that lasts longer than we do. German students compete to enter one of the country’s elite schools.

I can go into all the philosophical existential yakkity yak that a lot of other people might get from Narcissus and Goldmund, but instead I’m gonna give you the nuts and bolts ie pared down yakkity yak of what I saw in it. Here he confesses all he did to a father confessor. Inhe received the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Narzies poetic and emotive medieval coming-of-age story reads as the quintessential novel on the pains and euphoria of adolescence, forming a deep lifelong friendship, and succumbing to the desires of the opposite sex, of which, after years stuck in a Monastery, it’s a case of making up for lost time.

Hesse was partly a put-on.

Frankly I’m a bit scared to ask her. Goldmund falls for the first young lady to say no, loses her to the serpent of lust for her younger, prettier sister, and then travels far and wide.

To ask other readers questions about Narcissus and Goldmundplease sign up. At its publication, Narcissus and Goldmund was considered Hesse’s literary triumph; chronologically, it follows Steppenwolf. He feels remorse, but wants more, as his virgin heart aches to pursue this love affair. However, his abilities in understanding people also seem to have a strong intuitive element, and lead him into positions umd teaching and leadership.