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I have read other Hesse works like Siddhartha and the Glass Bead Game I like him a lot He always has the sweetness of the world in his writing but the longing for something beyond it and is good at expressing this longing well These short stories almost fables express this love of the world and longings for something beyond it. Some stories I like,others not so much,but it s worth reading,after all. @READ KINDLE ⚢ Strange News from Another Star Ù In , the same year Demian was published, seven of these stories appeared as a book entitled M rchen lit Fairy Tales This st edition in English has followed the arrangement Hesse made for the final collected edition of his works, where he added an th story, Flute Dream The new note so clear in Demian was st sounded, Hesse believed, in some of these tales written during, the period that brought him into conflict with supporters of the war, with his country its government, with conventional intellectual life, with every form of orthodoxy both in the world in himself Unlike his earlier work, from Peter Carmenzind thru Knulp, the stories in Strange News from Another Star don t allow for an essentially realistic interpretaion They are concerned with dream worlds, the subconscious, magical thinking the numinous experience of the soul Their subject is the distilling of wisdom The stories are Augustus , The Poet , Flute Dream , Strange News from Another Star , The Hard Passage , A Dream Sequence , Faldum perhaps the masterpiece of the collection Iris IRIS read this when next you feel old and uncertain of who you are Beautifully written Stories were so peaceful somehow, beautiful The stories were like fairy tales in a way, and many seemed to symbolize things but I m not sure what A world without war a county fair where a man gives away wishes and a love story where the man may not actually be in love The stories are open ended in some cases. Hermann Hesse has been my favorite author since high school, but this is the first opportunity I ve had to read Strange News from Another Star which is essentially a collection of modern fairy tales They are amazingly lyrical, timeless, magical, and spiritual a testament to Hesse s skill as a humanistic philosopher and gifted writer as well as a gift from an outstanding translator. But as much as he longed to go across the river and take part in the feast and he in the company of his bride to be and his friends, much deeper was his longing to absorb it all as a perceptive observer and to reproduce it in a wholly perfect poem the blue of the night and the play of light on the water and the joy of the guests and the yearning of the silent onlooker leaning against the tree trunk on the bank He realised that at all festivals and with all joys of this earth he would never fee But as much as he longed to go across the river and take part in the feast and he in the company of his bride to be and his friends, much deeper was his longing to absorb it all as a perceptive observer and to reproduce it in a wholly perfect poem the blue of the night and the play of light on the water and the joy of the guests and the yearning of the silent onlooker leaning against the tree trunk on the bank He realised that at all festivals and with all joys of this earth he would never feel wholly comfortable and serene at heart even in the midst of life he would remain solitary and be, to a certain extent, a watcher, an alien, and he felt that his soul, unlike most others, was so formed that he must be alone to experience both the beauty of the earth and the secret longings of a stranger Sometimes Anselm realized with a happy start the subtle hundredfold interconnections between eye and ear, smell and taste he felt for beautiful fleeting instants tones, noises, and letters of the alphabet related and very similar to red and blue, to hard and soft or he marvelled, as he smelled some plant or peelings of green bark, at how strangely close smell and taste lie together and often cross over into one another and become one All children feel this, although not all with the same intensity and delicacy, and with many the feeling is gone and as thought it never existed even before they have learned to read their first letters Others retain the mystery of childhood for a long time and a vestige and echo of it stays with them into the days of white hair and weariness All children, as long as they remain within this mystery, are uninterruptedly occupied in their souls with the single important thing, with themselves and their paradoxical relationship to the outside world Seekers and wise men return to this preoccupation in their mature years most people, however, forget and abandon, early and for good, this inner world of the truly important, and all their lives long wander about in the many coloured mazes of wishes, worries and goals, none of which leads them back to their innermost being or to home I had not read Hesse for many years but came across this short collection on a bookshelf in my house Reading it has reminded me of the impact Hesse had on me as a teenager This translation seems to give credit to Hesse s extraordinarily beautiful style of writing although I will try reading the original German if I can Beautiful, evocative and moving I liked these stories very much indeed, especially the first story, Augustus. Each time I read a Hesse book I m reminded of why I considered him my favorite writer when I was in college His writing is simply magnificent This collection of short stories is vintage Hesse The stories have an almost surreal fairy tale feel to them and no one can express the passing of timebeautifully than Hesse. It says something about the power of Hesse s writing thatthan one of these stories moved me despite my not being at all in the mood for anything even minimally impactful Certain traits of his writing the earnestness, the melancholy, the perpetual search for the sublime never cease to awe me, no matter how reluctant I am to be impressed He s a fiction writer who, should you give yourself over to him, will get you closer to the secrets of existence than any other storyteller And as It says something about the power of Hesse s writing thatthan one of these stories moved me despite my not being at all in the mood for anything even minimally impactful Certain traits of his writing the earnestness, the melancholy, the perpetual search for the sublime never cease to awe me, no matter how reluctant I am to be impressed He s a fiction writer who, should you give yourself over to him, will get you closer to the secrets of existence than any other storyteller And as seen here, that ability was alive and well even in his formative days Augustus is one of the stronger entries that sets the template for many of the stories here a young man, a wise angel god master, and learning the secrets of happiness The Poet, Flute Dream and The Hard Passage were lesser variations on this theme and very similar to each other The last was the best of these, with a powerful, haunting ending The titular Strange News was perhaps the most distinct story but a little too earnest for my taste, and also the least focused.The stars of the collection are the last two stories Faldum is a glorious, depressing tale of a man who turns into a mountain it doesto impress upon one the pointlessness of human existence than any fiction I ve ever read The way Hesse zooms out from the human to the earth perspective is both dizzying and electrifying Iris is the beautiful, tragic story of a man who sacrifices everything in the hunt for childish joy and innocence It s unclear to me if Hesse acknowledges the impossibility of this search he either denies the legitimacy of this cynicism or he accepts it while wishing it weren t so Either way, attentive readers are left with a repudiation of their shallow existence, and possibly even a faint twinge of desire for Hesse s pure life of contemplation, no matter how unrealistic it may seem.I ve said it before and I ll say it again Hesse is not a perfect writer, and his philosophy is similarly flawed But I love him for his never ending quest to solve existence, and his admirable bravery in facing the question head on It s a special talent that could make such a spiritual odyssey so incredibly captivating on the page.Not Bad Reviews blakerosser1