Soul Of The Age: Selected Letters Of Hermann Hesse, 1891-1962

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Soul Of The Age: Selected Letters Of Hermann Hesse, 1891-1962

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Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1991
347 pp. $25.00
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These letters of the German-Swiss writer express deep private thoughts and feelings but also contain incisive comments on the political-intellectual storms of the time, on World War I, which from the beginning he thought appalling, on the great ideological conflicts and the intellectuals' culpabilities, and on the Nazi regime. To his friend Thomas Mann he wrote in 1950: "I speak gratefully to you, not as the emissary of a nation, but as a loner whose real fatherland, like yours, is still being created." A fine selection, a splendid source.