speaking of Hermann Hesse…

Came across this synopsis for a Hesse book I haven’t read yet (‘Knulp’)-

“…(he) is an amiable vagabond who wanders from town to town, staying with friends who feed and shelter him. Consistently refusing to tie himself down to any trade, place, or person, he even deserts the companion…the summer they go tramping together. (his) exile is blissful, gentle, self-absorbed. But hidden beneath the light surface of these tales is the conscience of an artist who suspects that his liberation is worthless, even immoral. As he lies dying in a snowstorm, (he) has an interview with God in which he reproaches himself for his wasted life. But it is revealed to (him) that the whole purpose of his life has been to bring a little homesickness for freedom into the lives of ordinary men.”

Does that bring any other 20th century author to mind?


About Marcus

Who me? Introverted, neurotic, self-absorbed, increasingly cynical observer of human nature and part time social critic in hiding. Most of my life spent avoiding growing up. The naive idealistic passions of youth have evolved into the eclectic eccentricities of adulthood. Northeast Florida small-town native, related to people I can't relate to. Simultaneously my own best friend and worst enemy. Politically and spiritually unaffiliated, my personal ideologies put me all over the map or off it completely.
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2 Responses to speaking of Hermann Hesse…

  1. papoose says:

    I would guess Kerouac, but I haven’t read him since I was a teenager, and thats been a long long time, and memory suffers 😦

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