NARCISSUS AND GOLDMUND

10 Mar
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Inc. 1968 Originally published as Narziss und Goldmund by Fischer Verlag 1930; translated 1932 by Geoffrey Dunlop as Death and The Lover translated 1968 by Ursule Molinaro, under its original title 315 soft cover pages Historical Fiction - spiritual

Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Inc. 1968 – Originally published as Narziss und Goldmund by Fischer Verlag 1930; translated 1932 by Geoffrey Dunlop as Death and The Lover – (pictured below); translated 1968 by Ursule Molinaro under its original title – 315 soft cover pages/Historical fiction – spiritual

Hermann Hesse sews his words together with a shimmer, thread through the eye of a gold needle. When we are young, we glean a glimmer of that thread, or think we do the first time we meet him. When we are still virgins to his madness. Then, years later he shows up again, this time after we’ve already joined the movement. You know the one. Especially if you’re a hippy like me. The movement into self realization.

In search of what we are all searching for, Goldmund enters a catholic monastery where he is taken under the wing of Narcissus, a monk who helps Goldmund find his true nature. Not suited to a monk’s ascetic life, Goldmund sets out on the path of wander-lust where we, his companions, begin to understand.

“ Narcissus knew only too well what a charming golden bird had flown to him. This hermit soon sensed a kindred soul in Goldmund, in spite of their apparent contrasts. Narcissus was dark and spare; Goldmund, a radiant youth. Narcissus was analytical, a thinker; Goldmund, a dreamer with the soul of a child. But something they had in common bridged these contrasts: both were refined; both were different from others because of obvious gifts and signs; both bore the special mark of fate. ”

I believe each of us will take away from Hesse that which we are in need of at the time. Meditative, calming, spiritual, philosophically insightful, and brilliantly written.

Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962) German-Swiss Painter, Novelist, Poet Nobel Price in Literature 1946

Hermann Hesse (1877 – 1962)
German-Swiss Painter, Novelist & Poet
– Nobel Price in Literature 1946

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