El juego de los abalorios

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Alianza, 1999 - 591 páginas
Próximo al compendio de sus concepciones sobre la condición humana y la creación literaria, a la vez que puente tendido entre el esteticismo de su época y el compromiso existencial de la siguiente, EL JUEGO DE LOS ABALORIOS -última novela publicada por Hermann Hesse (1877-1962)- es la representación plástica de la visión milenarista siempre presente en sus novelas y ensayos. Escrita supuestamente por un narrador anónimo de la mítica Castalia hacia el año 2400, la obra gira en torno al extraño juego del que toma título, abarcador de todos los contenidos y valores de la cultura, y vinculado con el advenimiento del Tercer Reino del espíritu, unificación de todos los tiempos del hombre.

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Hermann Hesse (July 2, 1877 -- August 9, 1962) was a German poet, novelist, essayist and painter. His best-known works included Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game, each of which explores an individual's search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature. Hess publicly announced his views on the savagery of World War I, and was considered a traitor. He moved to Switzerland where he eventually became a naturalized citizen. He warned of the advent of World War II, predicting that cultureless efficiency would destroy the modern world. His theme was usually the conflict between the elements of a person's dual nature and the problem of spiritual loneliness. His first novel, Peter Camenzind, was published in 1904. His masterpiece, Death and the Lover (1930), contrasts a scholarly abbot and his beloved pupil, who leaves the monastery for the adventurous world. Steppenwolf (1927), a European bestseller, was published when defeated Germany had begun to plan for another war. It is the story of Haller, who recognizes in himself the blend of the human and wolfish traits of the completely sterile scholarly project. During the 1960s Hesse became a favorite writer of the counter culture, especially in the United States, though his critical reputation has never equaled his popularity. Hermann Hesse died in 1962.