Middle Aged (35-54)
North American (General)
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Herman Hesse's fairy tales are not really fairy tales in the traditional sense of the term, and yet they're deeply embedded in both the Western and Oriental traditions of fairytales. Written between 1919 33 has his unusual narratives record his endeavours to experiment with the fairytale genre and to make his own life as an artist into a fairy tale. He failed as far as his life was concerned, because he could never achieve the ideal state he desired. But his tales were successful exactly because of this failure. They're filled with the inner turmoil of a writer desperately and seriously playing with aspects of a literary genre, to find some semblance of peace and perfect harmony. To know Herman Hesse's fairytales is to know the trauma, doubts and dreams of the artist as a young man in Germany at the beginning of a tumultuous century,