Saturday, 8 June 2013

Bill Hicks at Oxford (1992)

Sunday, 24 October 2010


No, I'm not talking about the rock band. Hermann Hesse's Steppenwolf is one of my favorite books. I liked it so much that I just started reading it for the second time. I didn't really understood the part called ''Treatise on the Steppenwolf'' the first time. I really like Hesse's writing style. It is fluid like water. He goes straight to the point without wasting time on secondary details. Steppenwolf is fictional but the author was inspired by his own life. The protagonist is Harry Haller and call himself  ''The Steppenwolf''. Harry is approching 50 years old and suffers from social isolation. The story takes place in a town in 1920's Germany. It contains a lot of fantastic elements, especially towards the end. I won't make a review, you can check the plot summary on wikipedia. It was a cult book in the 60's and 70's and it got Hesse the nobel prize in literature in 1946 along with his other books like Siddhartha. I recommend this book to any intellectual who has social problems.