En resumidas cuentas, un libro recomendado para todo aquel lector que conoce a Hesse y que encontrará muchos puntos en común con sus novelas más largas y para todo aquel que no lo conozca y quiera saber cómo escribía este genial escritor alemán.
This tale of love and revenge introduces a theme that will be found in several of the stories collected here the persecution of an artistic sensibility. A Man by the Name of Ziegler (1908) is a critique of Man. Like a fairy tale, it has magic and talking animals, but the magic is in the form of the pseudoscience of alchemy. I like the way Hesse takes a long view of history. I love the otherworldly quality of this story. The Three Linden Trees (1912) is a parable-like fairy tale about the loyalty and love between three brothers. Flute Dream (1914) is likewise an otherworldly tale of a poet. I like Hesses dream stories, but this is not among the best. Faldum (1916) is another story that uses the fairy tale element of wish-granting. Like The City, it also takes the long view of history, this time observed by a mountain who was once a man. The dreams in this collection are different from the stories. They are dreams presented as stories. They are dreams presented as stories. It seems like a counterpoint to A Dream About the Gods.
It is a thick collection of fairy tales, all told as part of a wider story, in the time-honoured Arabian Nights fashion.
I learn by reading these tales, but I still don't know what I would wish for.
As it stands, however, I know only enough about the genre to say that Hesse's collection is traditional in the sense that they are not really written with Disney-fed children in mind, as these tales are mostly serious in theme and happy endings are often wanting.
There is also a Hermann Hesse prize associated with the city of Karlsruhe, Germany.