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by Hermann Hesse


Hermann Hesse is best-known for Steppenwolf and Siddhartha, but his novella Demian has been re-discovered and become very popular in its own right, exploring an individual's search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality.


It's Hesse's brilliant coming-of-age novel about the spiritual and psychological growth of a young boy who detaches from and revolts against this hell of superficial ideals of the world of appearances and eventually awakens into a realization of self.

Hesse underwent psycho analysis with Joseph Lang (a student of Jung's) and later with Jung himself. As a result Hesse became very interested in Jungian analysis and interpretation which is evident in his writing. The title of the book came to Hesse in a dream. 

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