Hesse’s novel of two medieval men, one quietly content with his religion and monastic life, the other in fervent search of more worldly salvation. Goldmund, a novice, enters the monastery. Like Narcissus, Goldmund is very beautiful. Goldmund’s horse stays in the monastery. His only. ‘Narziss and Goldmund’ is a moving, symbolic novel of friendship between a cerebral teacher who becomes a monk (Narziss) and a restless.

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This past Fourth Of July, I tried to think of an American book which expressed something of our country in a fresh way. Be the first herkann discover new talent! Hesse’s poetic and emotive medieval coming-of-age story reads as the quintessential novel on the pains and euphoria of adolescence, forming a deep lifelong friendship, and succumbing to the desires of the opposite sex, of which, after years stuck in a Monastery, it’s a case of making up for lost time.

The Glass Bead Game: Of course I wasn’t so nerd at that time and together with reading there could be no tv, no bmx rides with friends, no late night awake and all sorts of “normal” don’ts.

Still they both try, the thinker as well as the artist, each in his own way. It is an indication of Hesse’s genius that so stilted an allegorical framework is transformed into a tapestry at once rich, subtle, complex, robust, and truly moving. More importantly, though, the novel shows the growth of two related individuals through a friendship in which each recognises strengths in the other that they themselves lack. Thanks for the suggestion, Grant!


All of his books are about the turmoil and duality of the human soul. But Goldmund fails to understand because he is forever rooted in the rich earth, in life, and cannot cross the barrier into a pure thought, an imagination without objects and images. Goldmund, on the other hand, is prone to restlessness and inconsistency: Ships from and sold by Amazon.

Narcissus & Goldmund – The Duality of the Soul in Hermann Hesse – Let Me See You Writhe

Inhe received the Nobel Prize for Literature. At first, Goldmund earnestly focuses on his studies, but then a few fellow students invite him to go off campus, where he’s seduced by a young Gypsy girl. Notify me of new posts by email. Like Liked by 2 people. You are commenting using your Twitter account. There is truth to it.

Beginning in a cloister when Goldmund is a boy being taught by Narziss, the story unfolds in a medieval context of plague and political instability in an unnamed area of the Holy Roman Empire. You may need a narrower question. Thanks so much for the nice comment!

You can’t live without a mother. Nagcissus Amazon will have the info. Robert fears that she is infected with the plague, but Goldmund falls in love with her. See and discover other items: Could someone please tell me if this book is worth reading, if I previously enjoyed both Siddhartha and Steppenwolf?


Hesse gives us two memorable characters. Narcissus and Goldmund are an allegory of the dichotomy of man, the struggle of balancing and preferring one aspect of who you are to another, because- Dear Godare we complex.

Summary of Hermann Hesse’s book

The polarity between the two nesse clearer and clearer. But he never stays in one place long enough to have a lasting and deep friendship like the one he had with Narcissus.

Goldmund is presented as an evolving seeker who attempts to embody both Apollonian and Dionysian elements, thus capturing Nietzsche’s conception of the ideal tragedy. He purportedly was a friend of poor ordinary souls. When artists create pictures narcjssus thinkers search for laws and formulate thoughts, it is in order to salvage something from the great dance of death, to make something that lasts longer than we do.


I have never exclusively followed an author except Hesse. The story begins when Goldmund, a student, and Narcissus, a teacher only a few years older, become friends at a cloister school. I have several titles by Herman Hesse on a shelf and he never even occurred to me for German lit month.

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