Books: A God Within

DEMIAN by Hermann Hesse, translated by Roloff and Lebeck. 171 pages. Harper & Row. $4.50.

Gerhart Hauptmann, Thomas Mann, Hermann Hesse: three glum Dutch uncles dominated the tone of German literature in the first half of the 20th century. The first two were world-famous figures—Hauptmann as a grim Grossvater of a social realism (The Weavers), Mann as a laboriously brilliant intellectual who wrote the era's most imposing novel of ideas (The Magic Mountain). Hesse, who died in 1962, was little known outside Central Europe, even after he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in...

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