Demian is a coming-of-age story that follows a young boy's maturation as he
grapples with good and evil, lightness and darkness, and forges
alternatives to the ever-present corruption and suffering that he sees all
around him. Crucial to this development are his relationships with a series
of older mentors, of who the titular Demian is the most charismatic,
otherworldly and ultimately influential. Many have noted the influence of
Jungian psychology upon this novel and it is fascinating to see Herman
Hesse's interests in the self, existence and free will play out through
through the lens of early twentieth-century Europe; Christian imagery and
themes are ever-present, as is the shadow of the First World War.

Hermann Hesse—Demian. English Edition

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