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The Glass Bead Game, for which Hesse won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946, is the authors last and crowning achievement, the most imaginative and prophetic of all his novels. Setting the story in the distant postapocalyptic future, Hesse tells of an elite cult of intellectuals who play an elaborate game that uses all the cultural and scientific knowledge of the Ages. The Glass Bead Game is a fascinating tale of the complexity of modern life as well as a classic of modern literature.

This edition features a Foreword by Theodore Ziolkowski that places the book in the full context of Hesses thought.

Hermann Hesse was born in Germany in 1877 and later became a citizen of Switzerland. As a Western man profoundly affected by the mysticism of Eastern thought, he wrote many novels, stories, and essays that bear a vital spiritual force that has captured the imagination and loyalty of many generations of readers. His works include Steppenwolf, Narcissus and Goldmund, and The Glass Bead Game. Hesse was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1946. He died in 1962.

The final novel of Hermann Hesse, The Glass Bead Game, is a fascinating tale of the complexity of modern life as well as a classic of modern literature.

Set in the twenty-third century, The Glass Bead Game is the story of Joseph Knecht, who has been raised in Castilla, the remote place his society has provided for the intellectual elite to grow and flourish. Since childhood, Knecht has been consumed with mastering the Glass Bead Game, which required a synthesis of aesthetics and philosophy, which he achieves in adulthood, becoming a Magister Ludi (Master of the Game).

"The Glass Bead Game, then, is indispensable for a complete understanding of Hesse's thought."Theodore Ziolkowski, from the Foreword

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The final novel of Hermann Hesse, for which he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946, The Glass Bead Game is a fascinating tale of the complexity of modern life as well as a classic of modern literature

Set in the 23rd century, The Glass Bead Game is the story of Joseph Knecht, who has been raised in Castalia, the remote place his society has provided for the intellectual elite to grow and flourish. Since childhood, Knecht has been consumed with mastering the Glass Bead Game, which requires a synthesis of aesthetics and scientific arts, such as mathematics, music, logic, and philosophy, which he achieves in adulthood, becoming a Magister Ludi (Master of the Game).

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The Glass Bead Game, for which Hesse won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946, is the authors last and crowning achievement, the most imaginative and prophetic of all his novels. Setting the story in the distant postapocalyptic future, Hesse tells of an elite cult of intellectuals who play an elaborate game that uses all the cultural and scientific knowledge of the Ages. The Glass Bead Game is a fascinating tale of the complexity of modern life as well as a classic of modern literature.

This edition features a Foreword by Theodore Ziolkowski that places the book in the full context of Hesses thought.

About the Author

Hermann Hesse was born in Germany in 1877 and later became a citizen of Switzerland. As a Western man profoundly affected by the mysticism of Eastern thought, he wrote novels, stories, and essays bearing a vital spiritual force that has captured the imagination and loyalty of many generations of readers. His works include Steppenwolf, Narcissus and Goldmund, and The Glass Bead Game. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1946. Hermann Hesse died in 1962.

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Asher, January 31, 2013 (view all comments by Asher)
This is a marvelously erudite and provocative book, but at the same time a fascinating character study as Hesse imagines such biographies might be written (dispassionately, supposedly) in his mysterious future utopia wherein the life of the mind has achieved a different (better? or just different?) status within society than seemed possible in his time, or certainly in ours.
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Robert Carr, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Robert Carr)
Many people have read Hesse over the years. This was my first read of this Nobel prizewinner. Of all the books I have read this year, I was most impressed by the author's examination of what I can only determine to be the difficulty and detail of diplomacy. That seems to be, aside from previous reviews, the central theme of this novel, written in the context of WWII. It turns what might have been a rather dry subject into a page turner.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780805012460
Subtitle:
(Magister Ludi) A Novel
Author:
Hesse, Hermann
Author:
Winston, Richard
Author:
Winston, Clara
Author:
Ziolkowski, Theodore
Publisher:
Picador
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Continental european fiction (fictional works
Subject:
Continental european
Subject:
Hesse, Hermann
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Owl Book ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
1990
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
576
Dimensions:
8.3 x 6.44 x 1.05 in

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The final novel of Hermann Hesse, for which he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946, The Glass Bead Game is a fascinating tale of the complexity of modern life as well as a classic of modern literature

Set in the 23rd century, The Glass Bead Game is the story of Joseph Knecht, who has been raised in Castalia, the remote place his society has provided for the intellectual elite to grow and flourish. Since childhood, Knecht has been consumed with mastering the Glass Bead Game, which requires a synthesis of aesthetics and scientific arts, such as mathematics, music, logic, and philosophy, which he achieves in adulthood, becoming a Magister Ludi (Master of the Game).

"Synopsis" by ,
The Glass Bead Game, for which Hesse won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946, is the authors last and crowning achievement, the most imaginative and prophetic of all his novels. Setting the story in the distant postapocalyptic future, Hesse tells of an elite cult of intellectuals who play an elaborate game that uses all the cultural and scientific knowledge of the Ages. The Glass Bead Game is a fascinating tale of the complexity of modern life as well as a classic of modern literature.

This edition features a Foreword by Theodore Ziolkowski that places the book in the full context of Hesses thought.

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