Hermann Hesse: Thoughts on Christmas

When World War I broke out in the summer of 1914, Hermann Hesse, still a German citizen but living in Switzerland, registered himself with the German army. Although he was found unfit for combat duty, he was assigned to care for German prisoners of war. Unlike many of his contemporaries, including writers, who supported the […]

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Interview with Kai Wieland

In November 2020, hhesse.de had the opportunity to ask the Swabian author Kai Wieland a few questions. Our interview with the author of Zeit der Wildschweine follows. hhesse.de: Can you remember the first books you read or that were read to you? Wieland: Yes, there were classic children’s books like The Very Hungry Caterpillar and […]

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Kai Wieland: Zeit der Wildschweine

Among the dominant themes in the works of Hermann Hesse is that of self-discovery, or self-realization. Hermann Hesse’s life was partially characterized by competing forces that included on one hand the pious lifestyle and influences of his parents, the responsibilities that accompanied his marriages and children, and the demands of an often-hostile outside world, and, […]

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