The Glass Bead Game: (Magister Ludi) A Novel (Paperback)

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By Hermann Hesse, Theodore Ziolkowski (Foreword by), Richard Winston (Translated by), Clara Winston (Translated by)
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Fans of Siddhartha and The Alchemist take note! Masterfully told and subtly ironic, Hesse's last novel represents the end of a journey towards enlightenment. His ultimate revelation may surprise you. A spiritual classic!

— Charles Bottomley


The final novel of Hermann Hesse, for which he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946, The Glass Bead Game is a fascinating tale of the complexity of modern life as well as a classic of modern literature

Set in the 23rd century, The Glass Bead Game is the story of Joseph Knecht, who has been raised in Castalia, the remote place his society has provided for the intellectual elite to grow and flourish. Since childhood, Knecht has been consumed with mastering the Glass Bead Game, which requires a synthesis of aesthetics and scientific arts, such as mathematics, music, logic, and philosophy, which he achieves in adulthood, becoming a Magister Ludi (Master of the Game).

About the Author

Hermann Hesse (1877-1962) was a German poet and novelist. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962. He was the author of works including Siddhartha, Steppenwolf, and Demian.

Praise For…

"...a genre blend of science fiction, fantasy, and fictional biography, leavened with musicology, poetry, and Hesse’s unique swirl of Eastern and Western philosophy." - The American Scholar

Product Details
ISBN: 9780312278496
ISBN-10: 0312278497
Publisher: Picador
Publication Date: December 6th, 2002
Pages: 576
Language: English
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