Sound Library: BBC Audiobooks America brings us the second (following Steppenwolf) of four classic Hesse works (next are The Glass Bead Game, for which Hesse won the Nobel prize, and Narcissus and Goldmund). Jeff Woodman (The Little Book) reads this novel, which centers on the pursuit of spiritual fulfillment, in a consistently flat voice, making it hard to differentiate among the characters (this reviewer had to read the book to keep up with which character was saying what). Still, as this recording represents this spectacular book's first time on CD, it is recommended. (Academic libraries may find it is often assigned to psychology students because the narrative contains a great deal of Jungian symbology.) [Audio clip available through www.bbcaudiobooksamerica.com.--Ed.]--Theresa Connors, Arkansas Tech Univ. Lib., Russellville Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
"Hesse is not a traditional teller of tales but a novelist of ideas and a moralist of a high order...The autobiographical undercurrent gives "Damian" an Existentialist intensity and a depth of understanding that are rare in contemporary fiction." -- "Saturday Review""Hesse is a writer whose peculiar vision is worth inspecting. His world is shadowy and close to areas of the heart that will probably never see light. But his vision is a rare one, as commendable for its humane solicitude as for its strangeness and unearthly color."-- "National Review"