The Glass Bead Game

The Glass Bead Game

Book - 1969
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The final novel of Hermann Hesse, for which he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946, The Glass Bead Game is a fascinating tale of the complexity of modern life as well as a classic of modern literature

Set in the 23rd century, The Glass Bead Game is the story of Joseph Knecht, who has been raised in Castalia, the remote place his society has provided for the intellectual elite to grow and flourish. Since childhood, Knecht has been consumed with mastering the Glass Bead Game, which requires a synthesis of aesthetics and scientific arts, such as mathematics, music, logic, and philosophy, which he achieves in adulthood, becoming a Magister Ludi (Master of the Game).

Publisher: 1969.
ISBN: 9780312278496
Branch Call Number: FIC Hesse

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I don't know that this is hesse's best, just as Karamazov might not be perceived as the best of that author, but there is a certain sense of culmination to magister ludi. this is magical realism at its finest, before the term was coined.

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