Plot summary[ edit ] Journey to the East is written from the point of view of a man called "H. A branch of the group goes on a pilgrimage to "the East" in search of the "ultimate Truth". The narrator speaks of traveling through both time and space, across geography imaginary and real. Although at first fun and enlightening, the Journey runs into a crisis in a deep mountain gorge called Morbio Inferiore when Leo, apparently a simple servant, disappears, causing the group to plummet into anxiety and argument.
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Shelves: german , mainland-european , 5-stars This is an anomaly in Hesses oeuvre a personal piece in which he risks alienating his wider audience, and yet in another sense his most universal work. Its true, I say this having had few successes in recommending it, yet so far no-one Ive given it to has disliked it, even if it has left them frustrated or puzzled or underwhelmed.
The crux of it is, its the story of a failure. What, then, is the seemingly impossible attempt made here? I feel keenly the irony of my reviewing this book as I sit in this far-from-perfect setting and write this.
Like H. The book! Hesse had tried something like this before, with Steppenwolf, when he submitted to his publishers a collection of ultra-personal poems which he intended to accompany the novel, but these were deemed too indulgent, too angry, too obscure for a wider readership, and were held back to be published separately in a limited edition.
So with The Journey And the result, to the casual reader, can admittedly be baffling. Just read over the references that make no sense. The important part — the universal part — is the story of faith gained, lost and gained again. And the failure is just a part of the cycle. The two characters — H. Read this way, the ending is uplifting, not a fade-to-grey.
And the story is a dream-picture of sleep and awakening. Novella, maybe. Like Steppenwolf whose narrator, Harry Haller, is another H. And in showing an awakening from the inside out it achieves something difficult and valuable and profound. All things my teenage self understood perfectly, even as he struggled with the rest of it. A classic.
Sein altes Augenleiden hatte sich verschlimmert, Hesse war nahe am Erblinden. Nach schmerzhaften Operationen musste er wochenlang in einem verdunkelten Zimmer liegen. Als erstes sucht er hierzu seinen Jugendfreund, den Zeitungsredakteur Lukas auf. Eine ganze Weile kehrt H. Sofort wird klar, dass es sich in der Tat um den Diener Leo handelte, der den Bund seinerzeit in der Schlucht von Morbio Inferiore scheinbar verlassen hatte. Zuhause schreibt H.