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Hermann Hesse

The Glass Bead Game - Attempt of a Biography of Magister Ludi Josef Knecht Including Knecht’s Writings from His Estate

(German title: Das Glasperlenspiel)
ca. 920 pages
Paperback
1943
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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For Hermann Hesse, there is no progress without the realisation of utopias, and therefore he conceived the model of an educational system informed by order, reason and moderation in the Pedagogical Province of Castalia amidst chaos and anarchy. Beyond that, the technique of the Glass Bead Game, developed and practised in Castalia, aims at an interdisciplinary connection of arts and science. Mathematics and music and the disciplines of the humanities and natural sciences, which are drifting apart due to increasing specialisation, can be re-connected and made aware of the structure they share by means of the universal sign language of the Glass Bead Game. This synopsis of Western and Asian intellectual history, of active and contemplative ways of life, as current as it is forward-thinking, loses its utopian character with the example of the biography of Josef Knecht, who leaves the Pedagogical Province at the very moment it is in danger of becoming fossilized in bureaucracy, orthodoxy and an unsocial end in itself like every institution.

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