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Die MorgenlandfahrtIn simple mesmerizing prose Hermann Hesse's Journey to the East tells of a journey both geographic and spiritual HH a German choirmaster is invited on an expedition with the League a secret society whose members include Paul Klee Mozart and Albertus Magnus The participants traverse both space and time enco. This is an anomaly in Hesse’s oeuvre – a personal piece in which he risks alienating his wider audience and yet in another sense his most universal work It’s true I say this having had few successes in recommending it yet so far no one I’ve given it to has disliked it even if it has left them frustrated or puzzled or underwhelmed The crux of it is it’s the story of a failure An inevitable failure I would say but as Hesse himself says early in the piece “the seemingly impossible must continually be attempted” What then is the seemingly impossible attempt made here It’s twofold the telling of an untellable story the making of an impossible journey That the narrator fails in the telling should not surprise us; he warns us of this inevitability from the story’s start That he has failed in his journey – though he himself at first is unaware of it – is also unsurprising given that the journey’s goal is spiritual enlightenment the absolute a realm denied to humans except in glimpsesSo I feel keenly the irony of my reviewing this book as I sit in this far from perfect setting and write this Like HH the narrator of The Journey I am depressed self pitying unable to grasp with the greatest effort what once came so naturally and sitting in the courtyard of a small town cafe while children scream dogs bark and a table full of bovine suburban cum country folk unfurl punchline after punchline at the next table laughing uproariously Like HH I am also without music having left my i Pod at home through some oversight and back home are three children not my own two of whom I’ll wager are screaming shouting and brawling as I write this unless the television is on in which case they’re silent but may well emerge irritable than before positive ions and escapism being like all drugs imperfect balm after all And then there’s this book – this brief book in which I’ve sought my own balm for twenty years or having read it five maybe six times since I first found it in a secondhand store in Adelaide in my late teens The book It’s personal 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 I guess Hesse put his foot down determined to speak from his heart with as little translation as possible And the result to the casual reader can admittedly be baffling But even to the teenage me it wasn’t alienating 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 – HH and Leo – are mirror images two parts of a whole at least symbolically and Leo’s apparent desertion later revealed to be anything but is the point at which faith becomes despair HH despairing self absorbed; Leo faithful selfless HH author mortal; Leo character immortal Read this way the ending is uplifting not a fade to grey And the story is a dream picture of sleep and awakeningUgh I’m aware that as a review this makes about as much sense as The Journey makes as a novel Novel I don’t even know if it is a novel Novella maybe And a novella in which you won’t find a three dimensional character or than one or two niceties of plot writer and ex journeyer attempts and fails to write the story of a failed journey but in the process reveals the truth about that failure Like all of Hesse’s stories it’s a story of self discovery Like Steppenwolf whose narrator Harry Haller is another HH it’s also a fairly naked and often despairing self portrait Yet it takes us one step beyond that despair and self absorption – takes us to the brink of its demise once and for all in Hesse’s fiction And in showing an awakening from the inside out it achieves something difficult and valuable and profound And besides it’s beautiful Uniue Magical All things my teenage self understood perfectly even as he struggled with the rest of it If what you value in fiction – and in Hesse – is instinctive striving after enlightenment it’s for you That hallucination at the end of Siddhartha – that’s what I love in Hesse and it’s in its most potent form here A classic

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Die Morgenlandfahrt Free read ☆ 5 » ❮Ebook❯ ➮ Die Morgenlandfahrt ➯ Author Hermann Hesse – Dogsalonbristol.co.uk In simple mesmerizing prose Hermann Hesse's Journey to the East tells of a journey both geographic and spiritual HH a German choirmaster is invited on an expedition with the League a secret society whUntering Noah's Ark in Zurich and Don uixote at Bremgarten The pilgrims' ultimate destination is the East the Home of the Light where they expect to find spiritual renewal Yet the harmony that ruled at the outset of the trip soon degenerates into an opening conflict Each traveler finds the rest of the grou. Poet of the Interior JourneyThere was a time in my 20’s when I was obsessed with Hermann Hesse I was a Hesse Obsessor After all he was regarded highly enough as an author to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946Something now lures me back to the novels I read then Siddhartha and Steppenwolf However I thought I would try this one as a wedgie or stopgap between ambitious projectsIn truth this is a novella than a novelEven burdened by a 30 page introduction by Dr Timothy Leary he coined the term Poet of the Interior Journey for Hesse it’s less than 110 pages longSo is it any good Yes well it's OKThe Home of LightThere is a suggestion in the title of the novel that in order to gain spiritual awareness you must head towards the EastHowever this is not a purely geographical concept For the West it doesn’t necessarily mean Asia It is a metaphor We not only wandered through Space but also through Time We moved towards the East but we also travelled into the Middle Ages and the Golden AgeThe East is where the Sun rises The East is the Home of Light the Home of Enlightenment Even simply it is Home Throughout the centuries it had been on the way towards light and wonder and each member each group indeed our whole host and its great pilgrimage was only a wave in the eternal stream of human beings of the eternal strivings of the human spirit towards the East towards HomeWisdom and spirituality are not just found in the East they are found at HomeLost PilgrimsOne other thing is implied we can embark on our spiritual journey individually or we can travel as a collectiveWhichever way we choose each of us can stray and end up a lost pilgrim The collective pilgrimage of Hesse's characters appears to fail and they feel disillusioned worthless and spiritless There was nothing else left for me to do but to satisfy my last desire to let myself fall from the edge of the world into the void – to deathFor them the confrontation with the void ushers in a suicidal impulseThe Inevitability of DespairAll along there is but one enemy DespairThe protagonist HH’s ambition to write a book about his adventures is based on his desire to escape from Despair It was the only means of saving me from nothingness chaos and suicideDespair is not just the experience of Depression for an Individual It is not just something that the mentally imbalanced suffer from All of us have to confront Despair every step of our spiritual journey In Hesse's eyes it's a necessary part of the journey Despair is the result of each earnest attempt to go through life with virtue justice and understanding and to fulfill their reuirements Children live on one side of despair the awakened on the other sideThe Freedom to be HappyAlong HH’s path he imagines the source of his temporal Happiness My happiness arose from the freedom to experience everything imaginable simultaneously to exchange outward and inward easily to move Time and Space about like scenes in a theatreNote the fluidity not just of Space but of Time hence the earlier allusion to the Middle Ages and the Golden AgeYou can see the appeal to Timothy Leary who speculated inaccurately in my opinion that Hesse wrote the novella while on drugsHome is Where the Soul IsOnce again Hesse's spiritual journey transcends geography Our goal was not only the East or rather the East was not only a country and something geographical but it was the home and youth of the soul it was everywhere and nowhere it was the union of all timesThe Journey to the East is not just a journey to Asia but an Interior Journey a Journey that begins and ends at Home and with the SelfThis is where we will find true HappinessThe Disappearing SelfIn any spiritual journey as with any other we have to be cautious of spoilersHowever within the theistic framework of the novel each individual member of the group must merge with the God figure He must grow I must disappearThe enemy of Spirituality is the persistence of the Self or SelfishnessUltimately it seems that Hesse’s message is that we must transcend the Self embrace a Universal Love and become one with that Love if you like a GodWe don't need to go elsewhere to achieve thisThe best place to seek the Self and Universal Love is at Home the Home of the Soul

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P intolerable and heads off in his own direction with HH bitterly blaming the others for the failure of the journey It is only long after the trip while poring over records in the League archives that HH discovers his own role in the dissolution of the group and the ominous significance of the journey itse. The astounding vagueness of this short novel probably conceals a spiritual allegory under the guise of a universal message though it is still too cryptic It takes on new meaning when you realize Hesse was engaged in antiwar activities and was driven out of Germany during WWI He became a naturalized citizen of Switzerland and eventually won the Nobel Prize Perhaps some of his writings might have benefitted from a freer handCombining many disparate literary and historical references dashes of wisdom and a blurring of the line between history and fable this is a chronicle of inspiration like many of Hesse's other books He's enchanted by the East and nostalgic for the Golden Age but the geography of the region of his obsession is largely a mystery Here is the trademark mysticism and the prospect of a loss of faith and the awakening of a spirit Despair is the result of each earnest attempt to go through a life with virtue justice and understanding Children live on one side of despair and the awakened on the otherHis lack of definitive time and place and the lack of defining characteristics of the League that provides the impetus for this journey limit the reader's experience of the ideas Hesse wishes to explore This is easily overshadowed by his complex books