Hermann Hesse Reading Week March 7 – 13 2016

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I think it was in October when Karen from Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings and I had the idea of a Hermann Hesse week. We both have come to him very early. She started reading him in her 20s, while I read my first Hesse as a teenager. I returned to him later, in my 20s, but since then, I don’t think I’ve read him again, with the exception of his poems and fairy tales.


Initially, I wanted to reread some of my favourites, but now I’ve decided, I’ll rather pick the one or the other I haven’t read yet. So, I’m planning on reading Rosshalde and Klingsor’s letzter Sommer. 

Luckily, I got this lovely collection of his novels and novellas. If I have enough time, I got a few other good choices. I also recently bought a small book that contains poems, letters, non fiction, and excerpts of some of his novels. From what I’ve seen so far, it’s great.

I hope you’ll join Karen and me. I know that Hesse is a favourite of many of the readers of my blog.

For those less familiar with him, Karen’s written a wonderful introduction. You can find it here.

Have you read Hesse? Will you join us?

43 thoughts on “Hermann Hesse Reading Week March 7 – 13 2016

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  2. I love Hesse. It will be a great week, I suppose, Caroline. 🙂 I have read ‘Siddhartha’ only. I am on a shoe-string budget, and so I wouldn’t be able to acquire any more books. Maybe, I should use this as an opportunity to return to ‘Siddhartha’, which I read quite a while ago. And, I will come back here to read your thoughts on the other books. Many thanks. 🙂

  3. Wonderful !
    Read several books by Hesse years ago at University.
    May take this opportunity to re-read them from the perspective of my older self.

    Looking forward to following this project.

    • I’m glad to hear you like it.
      My reasons for not rereading some of those I LOVED back then is because I’m afraid I might not like them so much anymore.
      I so loved Siddhartha, Demian, Steppenwolf. And Narziss und Goldmund.
      I’d be so interested to hear how you like them now.

  4. This is so wonderful, Caroline! Thanks for hosting this event with Karen. My favourite Hesse book till now is ‘Narcissus and Goldmund’. I hope to read ‘The Glass Bead Game’ someday. If I start it early, I will try to read it for Hesse reading week.

    • I’m very glad that you will join. Or try to. 🙂 I would have loved to read The Glass Bead Game but it’s a bit long.
      My favourite is also Narcissus and Goldmund.

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