Come Hermann Hesse divenne Hermann Hesse

Marino Freschi

Abstract


The experience of the World War I was a turning point in history, but also represented a break in the biographies of many German authors. Starting from the reading of the essay O Freunde, nicht diese Töne! and other articles, in which Hermann Hesse rethought critically the relationship between German patriotism and nationalism and cosmopolitan openness to other cultures, the paper intends to highlight the specificity of Hesse’s approach to the war, considering also World War I the cause for the maturation of his own literary practice, as the writing of the novel Demian and of the essay Zarathustras Wiederkehr demonstrates.


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