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Hermann Hesse

Butterflies - Contemplations, Stories, Poems

With colour illustrations | Edited and with an afterword by Volker Michels
(German title: Schmetterlinge)
ca. 99 pages
Clothbound
2011
Hermann Hesse
Foto: Hermann Hesse
© Gret Widmann

Hermann Hesse, born in Calw/Württemberg in 1877, died in Montagnola near Lugano, Italy, in August 1962. After an apprenticeship to become a bookseller, he began to work as a freelance author in 1904. In 1946, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, and 1955 the Friedenspreis des Deutschen Buchhandels (Peace Prize of the German Book Trade). He is one of the most famous German authors of the 20th century.

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From butterflies to other fleeting and ephemeral beauties

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»I have always had a connection with butterflies and other fleeting and ephemeral beauties, while I have never succeeded in maintaining permanent, committed and so-called solid relationships,« writes Hermann Hesse in a letter from 1926. This preference, occasionally resembling an elective affinity, for »flowers and butterflies, / That are of everlasting things / a fleeting allegory« – as he says in one of his poems, has left its mark on Hesse’s entire oeuvre. This volume gathers the most alluring of his stories, recollections, contemplations and poems on butterflies.

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Magie der Farben/The Magic of Colours (2019)

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»Ich bin ein Mensch des Werdens und der Wandlungen«/»I’m a person of becoming and of change« (2016)

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»Eine Bresche ins Dunkel der Zeit!«/»A breach into the darkness of time!« (2015)

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Bäume/Trees (2014)

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»Aus dem Traurigen etwas Schönes machen«/»To make something beautiful out of the sad« (2013)

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»Ich gehorche nicht und werde nicht gehorchen!«/»I am not and will not be obedient!« (2012)

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Das Glasperlenspiel/The Glass Bead Game (1943)

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Narziß und Goldmund/Narcissus and Goldmund (1930)

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Unterm Rad/Beneath the Wheel (1906)

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