Translated and with an introduction by Jack Zipes A collection of twenty-two fairy tales by the Nobel Prize-winning novelist, most translated into English. Merging Eastern mysticism with the motifs of the European fairy tale, the stories Hermann Hesse, Author, Jack Zipes, Translator Bantam $ (p) ISBN. Fairy Tales [Hermann Hesse] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Although life is an affair of light and shadows, we never accept it as such.


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Like a fairy tale, it has magic and talking animals, but the magic is in the form of the pseudoscience of alchemy. It tells of the rise and fall of a city. I like the way Hesse takes a long view of the fairy tales of hermann hesse.

I love the otherworldly quality of this story. Fortunately for him, after his return he forgets it all as if it had been a dream.

The Fairy Tales of Hermann Hesse

He was most successful as a writer when he combined different traditions with his own personal experiences and endowed them with an unusual lyrical and sometimes sentimental but nonetheless strong note of refusal.

They are loners, rebels, poets, intellectuals, painters, and eccentrics who represent the soul of a humanitarian tradition under siege.


It was in order to commemorate the struggles of such marginal types who survive on the fringes of society, alienated by the the fairy tales of hermann hesse of industrialization and capitalism, that Hesse experimented with the fairytale genre.

Like his characters, he was tormented by arbitrary social codes, the rigid Manichaean principles of the Judeo-Christian tradition, and the onslaught of technology. Such an approach to his fairy tales, though defensible and valid, would do these works an injustice, however.

Hesse was a remarkably conscious artist who used fairy-tale conventions to gain distance from his personal problems. He found the symbolic forms, motifs, and topoi useful for generalizing his experiences and endowing them with multiple meanings through plots reminiscent of ancient Oriental and German romantic tales.

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One of the first fairy tales that he ever published is a good example of the technique that he would refine over and over again to realize his the fairy tales of hermann hesse peculiar form of the modern fairy tale. This fairy tale is actually a novella entitled Lulu, and it appeared as part of The Posthumous Writings and Poems of Hermann Lauscher On the one hand, the incidents in this fairy tale are related to a summer vacation that Hesse spent with friends in August On the other hand, the work is an aesthetic experiment that reveals his great debt to E.

Hoffmann and the German romantics.

The tale concerns the poet Lauscher and two friends who meet in a village during the summer. Both fall in love with a waitress named Lulu, who works in the village inn.

The Fairy Tales of Hermann Hesse by Hermann Hesse |

They have strange encounters with an eccentric philosopher, who also seems to be strangely involved with Lulu. At the same time, one of the friends has had a fairy-tale dream about a princess named Lilia, who is the fairy tales of hermann hesse by a witch named Zischelgift.

Lauscher and his friends soon conflate the identities of Lulu and Lilia, and the boundaries between reality, dream, and fairy tale dissolve.

This fairy-tale novella contains poems by Lauscher and his friends and is written in a hyperbolic sentimental manner that makes the story and characters at times appear contrived.

Yet despite this artificiality, the novella is the key to understanding the narrative technique that Hesse developed more artistically in the fairy tales that followed.

Hoffmann — all major influences on his work — Hesse sought to blend the worlds of reality and imagination. All kinds of experiences assume startling symbolical meanings that demand interpretation if the Hesse protagonist is to know himself.

The Fairy Tales of Hermann Hesse by Hermann Hesse

Only by seeking to go beyond the veil of symbols can the essence of life be grasped. The obstacles confronting them are not the traditional witches, ogres, tyrants, and the fairy tales of hermann hesse but rather science, materialism, war, alienation, and philistinism.

Like the German romantics before him, Hesse chose the fairy-tale form paradoxically to demonstrate how difficult it is to make life into a fairy tale, and he preferred tragic and open endings to the uplifting harmonious endings and perfect closure of classical fairy tales.


The central question in all his writings concerns whether the individual with a poetic nature, who represents more than Hesse himself as an artist, will be able to come into his own when social conditions are adverse to the arts and humanity. Yet even after successfully undergoing hard experiences and apprenticeships, they are alone in the end, never married, never wealthy.

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