4.Harper Perrenial Classics Edition , Published :1999.
5.Translated from German by:Michael Rollof and Michael Lebeck
Demian , a short novel , was first published under the pseudonym of Emil Sinclair , its protagonist and narrator.The tenth edition was published under the name of Hermann Hesse.
Hesse applied in this book the depth psychology of Carl Jung .Sinclair
finds the meaning of his life through
his dreams and the symbols of his paintings.
Hesse emphasised the uniqueness of every human being who “represents the unique , the very special and always significant and remarkable point at which the world’s phenomena intersect only once this way and never again.”
The relationship between Hesse and Romain Rolland (the French Author and a Nobel Laureate) got reflected in the novel as a relationship between Emil Sinclair and Max Demian.(Max Demian is the character , after whom the novel is based.)Both Romain Rolland and Max Demian believed that the ravages of world war will give way to a healed future.(The novel was published in 1919 , the third year of world war one.)
This book exerted a great influence on the youth of Germany and other countries , and it became an instant best-seller.It gives the message that each one of us has to struggle to become self –aware, to be true to our self and finally to actualize our self , and to remain hopeful while doing so..This is our destiny and our purpose .
I recommend you to read this novel.