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Steppenwolf

March 16, 2017 Novel

Steppenwolf is one of the most important novels of the XX century, first it was published in 1927. This is both a philosophical parable and, at the same time, a deep study of the psychology of a man who is trying in vain to find his own personality, constantly balancing between the animal and human beginnings. This is a love story that leads to an unexpected tragic ending, it is also a political, social novel in which the hero acts as a fierce critic of the existing philistinism. You dive into this book, it fascinates you with its special rhythm, with its unique atmosphere of half-reality, half-madness, jazz rhythms, carnival masks, literary allusions and amazing discoveries that makes the main character during his path. The main hero just runs through life, lonely, extraordinary, he does not understand the others, runs and tries to understand – but why does he run? The crisis of the protagonist grows as the book progresses, from the usual depression to the thoughts of suicide, to the subsequent complete analysis of his past and the change of the present. I have never read anything like this. This book is a real psychoanalysis of the hero, at first it may seem that there will...

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Gertrud

March 11, 2017 Novel

The novel Gertrud refers to the early period of the work of Hermann Hesse. The story is dedicated to the drama of a young composer forced to choose between reasonable and emotional approaches...

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Beware of Pity

January 29, 2017 Novel

It is a book that makes the reader think seriously. Then close it and think again. And once more … and never reach a certain conclusion. Because it is impossible to say about described situation: it was necessary to do some things and it wasn’t necessary to do another ones. It is not the case when the reader, looking at the situation, clearly can see when something goes wrong and how everything could be fixed. No, Stefan Zweig plunges us into a story where, even knowing how it ends, you feel a certain helplessness and understand that there is no “right” desicion and couldn’t be the “right” one. There is only a choice that each of us will make at any particular moment. But sometimes this choice becomes fatal for someone else. Even if we do not want to. Even if we wanted the best. All the characters in this story aren’t perfect. But there are no bad people among them. They are just ordinary people, with their weaknesses. Continuing to talk about the main characters of the novel, I want to note that there are no good and bad people. All four are just ordinary people. Everyone has advantages and disadvantages. For example, Edith. At first glance, she is a capricious child....

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The Story of Mr. Sommer

January 17, 2017 Novella

This book opens us new sides of talent of Patrick Süskind, the author of the famous “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer”. “The Story of Mr. Sommer” is a very strange and sad story. The writer tells the story on behalf of a teenager whose inner world he presents with unconcealed tenderness and a touch of irony. It is a piece that is absolutely not similar to any other. It speaks on behalf of the child, contemplating adulthood. Childlike innocence with powers of observation combines with the same childlike fear, snare and, thereby, forming a Personality. It is amazingly interesting process for which Süskind did not regret paints. What is Mr. Sommer? It is a man without a past, who along with his wife once appeared in the village, where the boy lived. Once she got off the bus, he came on foot. From nowhere. No one knew for sure either his name, or any personal information, at least, partially revealing the real nature of Mr. Sommer. I want to mention that these elements are extremely symbolic. Is a man a mystery? Who is he? From where? What for? What is the purpose of his stay on this Earth –...

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Twenty-Four Hours in the Life of a Woman

December 14, 2016 Novella

Austrian writer Stefan Zweig, like no other, was able to frankly and at the same time tactfully describe the most intimate experiences of human being. Zweig’s novels have fascinating plots, full of dramatic tension. The writer shows us how defenseless the human heart is, how fatal are human destinies and what a person can do when he or she loves someone. It is a brilliant novella. It tells about the tragedy of a woman who, at her own request, spoiled her life, about her sacrificial love. Frau Wagner is young, rich and beautiful lady. She has a wonderful husband – a successful lawyer, she also has two beautiful children, a good house, but she lacked emotions in her life, she wanted adventures. But, as it is known, any man who wants something can find it! She has everything, carefree and secure life, the help of nurse with children, a caring and loving husband, and social status. It would seem that everything in her life is good, the one thing she has to do is to enjoy the life! But as you know, when everything is good, people get bored and need to find troubles! And Henriette finds. So she finds a young lover. Is it love? Or passion? Only the trouble, it turns...

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