The Fairy Tales of Hermann Hesse

The Fairy Tales of Hermann Hesse

This landmark collection contains twenty-two of Hesse's finest stories in this genre, most translated into English here for the first time.

Full of visionaries and seekers, princesses and wandering poets, his fairy tales speak to the place in our psyche that inspires us with deep spiritual longing; that compels us to leave home, and inevitably to return; and that harbors the greatest joys and most devastating wounds of our heart.

Several stories, including "The Poet," "The Fairy Tale About the Wicker Chair," and "The Painter," examine the dilemma of the artist, torn between the drive for perfection and the temptations of pleasure and social success.

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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.

  • English

  • Fiction

  • Rating: 3.99
  • Pages: 266
  • Publish Date: October 1995 by Bantam Books
  • Isbn10: 0553377760
  • Isbn13: 9780553377767