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Demian
Hermann Hesse
Emil Sinclair is a young boy who was raised in a bourgeois home described as a Scheinwelt - a German wordplay meaning 'world of light' as well as 'world of illusion'. Through the novel, accompanied and prompted by his mysterious classmate Max Demian, Emil descends from and revolts against the superficial ideals of this world, eventually awakening into a realization of self.
Though this is an earlier work, the style of Demian is pure Hesse. He quickly dramatizes moral and theological points, directly through the thoughts of the main character and his intense interaction with life teachers. Hesse's legacy is to economize by forming a drama which focuses entirely on direct, chthonic discovery that was shocking to early 20th century readers.
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