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Narzi und Goldmund Death and the Lover Narcissus and Goldmund, Hermann HesseNarcissus and Goldmund German Narzi und Goldmund also published as Death and the Lover is a novel written by the German Swiss author Hermann Hesse which was first published in 1930 At its publication, Narcissus and Goldmund was considered Hesse s literary triumph chronologically, it follows Steppenwolf Narcissus and Goldmund is the story of a young man, Goldmund, who wanders aimlessly throughout Medieval Germany after leaving a Catholic monastery school in search of what could be described as the meaning of life, or rather, the meaning of his life 2008 1350 425 1384 1385 368 9643622606 1385 400 964477132. Narcissus And Goldmund Tells The Story Of Two Medieval Men Whose Characters Are Diametrically Opposite Narcissus, An Ascetic Monk Firm In His Religious Commitment, And Goldmund, A Romantic Youth Hungry For Knowledge And Worldly Experience First Published In , Hesse S Novel Remains A Moving And Pointed Exploration Of The Conflict Between The Life Of The Spirit And The Life Of The Flesh It Is A Theme That Transcends All Time Narcissus and Goldmund tells the narrative of two men although Goldmund gets a bigger chunk of the story , each seeking a higher fulfillment in his own way The novel chronicles the life of an aimless wanderer breaking free, and one strongly binded to faith living in the Mariabronn monastery The novel is both a journey and an awakening that takes the reader over the course of many decades Living in a hidden cloister in medieval Germany, Narcissus is a most learned and pious young acolyte pursuing knowledge, and the contemplation of logic, philosophy and theology When the younger boy Goldmund arrives at the cloister, he recognizes him as his counterpart, his opposite Reckless, wild and passionate Narcissus is fascinated with the boy, and takes him under his wing Goldmund makes other friends, but none becomes as dear to him as Narcissus A great bond is set in place But Goldmund comes to realize that his fate does not lie solely with the Church, but with the wider lands It s his nature to seek pleasure and joy from God s creation All bought on after sneaking off to a village and receiving a kiss from a young Gypsy He feels remorse, but wants , as his virgin heart aches to pursue this love affair With this he opens up into his true self, and wishes to leave the confinements of Mariabronn After Narcissus gives his blessing and releases his friend out into the wide world, the novel truly takes hold.And so begins Goldmund s travels as vagrant Wandering around the country for years he discovers the ways of love, and seduces countless women He would encounter death and violence, the beauty of art and labor, and the agonizing sadness of loss He makes friends, but also enemies, and later witnesses the horrors of the ghastly plague He does not live in the world of the mind, but in the physical world of love, music, art and mortality After many years apart Goldmund and Narcissus reunite and discuss their differing lives Narcissus tries to explain to his friend the meaning of his quest, the importance of the life of the flesh, and he begs him to imagine a thought devoid of an accompanying image But Goldmund fails to understand because he is forever rooted in the rich earth, in life, and cannot cross the barrier into a pure thought, an imagination without objects and images Each man seems to occupy one side of the other This is the reason for their strong friendship and understanding of one another, both are somehow incomplete But together, they become closer to enlightenment, closer to hard clay than to wet sand Hesse s poetic and emotive medieval coming of age story reads as the quintessential novel on the pains and euphoria of adolescence, forming a deep lifelong friendship, and succumbing to the desires of the opposite sex, of which, after years stuck in a Monastery, it s a case of making up for lost time Even though there are many layers to this book fairytale qualities, existentialism, philosophy, love and passion, and religion, it reads surprising easily, a world away from Steppenwolf Hesse s enriched prose and beautifully ladened descriptions of the landscapes, had a slight resemblance to the writings Knut Hamsun, and for a novel first published in 1930 and set in Medieval Germany it still felt remarkably fresh, as it simply deals with the universal problems of growing up and finding one s true worth in the world Regardless of place and time Narcissus and Goldmund is ultimately a raging battle between the body and mind and the plague , a pandora s box of contemplation, and a novel that lingered strongly well after it s closing pages. Ohhh Artist, Smartist We fear death, we shudder at life s instability, we grieve to see the flowers wilt again and again, and the leaves fall, and in our hearts we know that we, too, are transitory and will soon disappear When artists create pictures and thinkers search for laws and formulate thoughts, it is in order to salvage something from the great dance of death, to make something last longer than we do. From the novelThis philosophical novel provides perhaps the most vivid contrast I ve read between, on one hand, the beauty of the skin, visual art and sensual pleasures, and, on the other, splendours of the spirit, stability, science and logic.Published in 1930, this is Herman Hesse s brilliant story of two friends in medieval Germany Largely metaphorical, this has the feel of a cautionary fairy tale with no true compass as to geography or time The story begins when Goldmund, a student, and Narcissus, a teacher only a few years older, become friends at a cloister school At first, Goldmund earnestly focuses on his studies, but then a few fellow students invite him to go off campus, where he s seduced by a young Gypsy girl From that day forward, his mind never wanders far from thoughts of women, their sheer beauty and the pleasures of the senses He leaves and on his journeys he has numerous affairs with women of all ages, statuses and sizes similar to Wilt Chamberlain in legion and legend All women find him irresistible Yes, the novel is sexist Goldmund falls for the first young lady to say no, loses her to the serpent of lust for her younger, prettier sister, and then travels far and wide He settles to become a sculptor for several years, able to brilliantly capture the beauty he has seen He becomes restless, continues his travels and runs into the unmitigated ugliness of the Black Death I ll add no so I don t spoil the story, except to say that when both Goldmund and Narcissus, now an abbot, are much older, they visit and converse at length with each other This is an excellent classic. Can I just say that I absolutely love Hermann Hesse For me his words speak directly to my soul I have never exclusively followed an author except Hesse He is absolutely brilliant and his works are so nuanced to the point where they only mean anything to the reader unless they can relate in some profound way I have now finished all of his major works and I must say bravo All of his books are about the turmoil and duality of the human soul He speaks my language My next goal is to learn German so I can read his books again in his native tongue.Goldmund and Narcissus is about that duality except in the form of two separate characters One is a thinker the other a feeler, one values rationality and reason and the other values intuition One lives in the world of abstract ideas and the other in the world of sensuality and the senses One lives the life of a duty bound priest the other an Artist Neither is held in higher regard over the other Both struggle to find the meaning of their nature I especially enjoyed the part where Narcissus talks about when someone who is meant to be an artist tries to live the life of a thinker evil ensues There is danger in trying to force themselves into that false role He calls the artist thinker a mystic Thinkers and artists alike have their place in the world and neither should think they are superior to the other for they are antithesis of each other. Narcissus and Goldmund, as I look back on it now in my old age far from my youthful love for it is one of Hesse s near misses Close, but no cigar, as they used to say at the Fair.This novel could have been perfect But no it misses the boat At least to someone older and wiserWhy To find that out, let s go back to the medieval era, in which this book is setThere once was an almost Narcissus back then His name was Desiderius Erasmus Half secretively a Catholic man of the world, he acted as a facilitator for the catholicism of Catholicism, and friend of Church nobility and peacemaker He purportedly was a friend of poor ordinary souls.He wanted, you see, to silence his own b te noire Martin Luther, an almost Goldmund You see, Luther was an semi innocent, like Goldmund who was impulsive and passionate, like his real life archetype And both Luther and Goldmund were deeply conflicted But spontaneous There the near similarity ends Goldmund s outlet was art and, Luther s, faith and married love No analogy is perfect.But Hesse is REALLY a Narcissus, like Erasmus A sophisticated pan European man of the world, he resented and perhaps envied passionate, mystical artists like Rainer Maria Rilke.Rilke, like Luther, could do no wrong in the eyes of his admirers He could also do as he liked And like Luther and Goldmund, he could be mystical in a way few other men were few men, and that includes Hesse.Hesse was partly a put on He wasn t a nice, well meaning, mystical guy like Rilke And perhaps his outr habits, like those of the protagonist of Demian, bound his soul to the Darkness of the world.I think he ENVIED spontaneous people And mysticism.And that is the reason this near masterpiece is close, but no cigar It does and yet doesn t, come from the heart perhaps Hesse s Heart was just too constricted and dark a place It is born of Hesse s endless anxieties and regrets, which NEVER gave him Answers.And thus can never give US any That, at least, is one old guy s two cents worth.Even though, as a kid, I LOVED it, lulled by its twin themes of rebellion and creativity. .. 1350. This is not a review This is an expression of gratitude Enlightened does not begin to describe the feeling one gets when eyes see, mind is set in motion, and images are processed into thoughts that seed the way we look at everything We SEE everything in a new light, at least for as long as we remember what is important, what makes a difference The beginning of our true life I suppose all we can ask of our mind is for a few moments of enlightenment at a time And, to remember Too much would be overkill, too little starvation Let us be comforted with whatever ration of enlightenment we are allowed Let us not forget that we are allowed these moments, we are not entitled them Herr Hesse, with your beautiful words, you allowed me to imagine enlightenment, to see, to take nothing for granted. Hermann Hesse 1877 1962 site da Funda o Herman Hesse Montagnola Hermann Hesse nasceu em 1877 na Alemanha, naturalizou se em 1923 sui o e faleceu em 1962 em Montagnola, Sui a Em 1946 recebe o Pr mio Nobel da Literatura por seus escritos inspirados que, enquanto crescem em aud cia e penetra o, exemplificam os ideais humanit rios e as altas qualidades de estilo Narciso era no e seco, enquanto Goldmund se mostrava brilhante e pr digo Enquanto Narciso era um pensador e anal tico, Goldmund parecia ser um sonhador com uma alma infantil Mas, apesar de todos os antagonismos, ligava os um tra o comum ambos eram seres distintos, diferenciando se dos outros por percet veis talentos e atributos, e ambos tinham recebido do destino uma especial premoni o.Narciso interessava se ardentemente por aquela alma juvenil, cujo car cter e o destino ele rapidamente reconhecera Tamb m Goldmund admirava com todo o fervor aquele seu mestre, sempre belo, superior e inteligente P g 22 facilmente entend vel que Hermann Hesse contando a hist ria ou as hist rias das suas duas personagens Narciso e Goldmund, pretende analisar e ponderar sobre incont veis tem ticas e in meros conte dos, meditando sobre aspectos profundos e filos ficos da vida humana Com a g nese do romance a estruturar se e a fundamentar se em combina es dicot micas recorrendo aos dois estilos de vida de Narciso e Goldmund que numa primeira fase s o coincidentes, convergindo nos princ pios, nas convic es e nas ac es mas que gradualmente seguem caminhos opostos, vivendo ideais de vida drasticamente discrepantes, dissonantes sobre como a vida deve ser vivida Por um lado, existe uma vida espiritual e piedosa, assente na religiosidade e na f , com a devo o e o fervor sagrado a dominarem por outro lado, deparamos com um estilo de vida assente na aventura, na coragem e na imprevisibilidade, associando se ao prazer f sico, ao erotismo e ao amor, mas, igualmente, ao adult rio e infidelidade e a uma ilimitada vida art stica Narciso e Goldmund 1930 um magn fico romance que gravita em torno da descoberta individual m tua, da luta e da concilia o entre dois estilos de vida antag nico numa hist ria que se desenrola na Idade M dia, mas que permanece intemporal onde se v o confrontando paradoxos insond veis, numa abordagem e distanciamento gradual que caracterizam a componente mais ntima da exist ncia humana em primeiro plano, o amor em segundo plano, a arte O Amor O seu juvenil desejo de amar tinha acabado de ser poderosamente despertado pela imagem e pelo beijo de uma rapariga bonita Simultaneamente, a consci ncia do pr prio desejo assustara o e lan ara o no desespero, pois sentia no mais ntimo de si que todos os sonhos e projetos de vida que at a acalentara, tudo aquilo para que se julgara chamado e destinado, tudo isso amea ava agora ruir, depois daquele beijo janela, perante o olhar daqueles olhos escuros P g 35 A Arte Goldmund n o pertencia quele tipo de artistas insatisfeitos, que, muito embora possuindo not veis talentos, nunca conseguem encontrar os meios adequados para os expressar H pessoas assim, capazes de sentir a beleza do mundo com profundidade e grandeza e de transportar na alma imagens elevadas e nobres, mas que n o encontram o caminho e os meios para delas se libertarem, transmitindo as e comunicando as para satisfa o dos outros Goldmund n o sofria dessa car ncia P g 181 182 Goldmund sentia que atrav s da arte e da vida de artista tinha a possibilidade de conciliar os seus profundos antagonismos, ou pelo menos de criar magn ficas e sempre novas met foras sobre a ambival ncia da sua natureza Mas a arte n o era pura d diva, n o era de modo nenhum gratuita, ela tinha um pre o elevado e exigia lhe sacrif cios constantes Durante mais de tr s anos sacrificara lhe j o mais supremo e imprescind vel bem que conhecia, para al m do xtase amoroso a sua liberdade P g 194 Aguarelas de Hermann Hesse in Fondazione Hermann Hesse Montagnola Montagnola, 1929Bei Montagnola, 1929Blick auf Magliaso und Ponte Tresa, 1928Monte Boglia in Schnee, 1933