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SUMMARY ☆ Das Glasperlenspiel Ç The final novel of Hermann Hesse The Glass Bead Game is a fascinating tale of the complexity of modern life as well as a classic of modern literatureSet in the twenty third century The Glass Bead Game is the story of Joseph Knecht who has been raised in Castalia the remote place his society has provided for the intellCht has been consumed with mastering the Glass Bead Game which reuires a synthesis of aesthetics and philosophy which he achieves in adulthood becoming a Magister Ludi Master of the Game. Allow three stars to stand for my ambivalence Not for the uality of this book which is indeed uite excellentWe live in a time of urgent political and environmental catastrophe Those of us who aren’t evangelical Christians who put anti abortion judges before other social values; those of us who aren’t racists and don’t fear immigrants; those of us who aren’t multi millionaires looking for tax breaks; those of us who have not bought into the Republican party’s propaganda machine recognize the danger inherent in Trump The Republican party has been working its gradual gerrymandering way toward authoritarian control for a long time Right wing becomes right becomes right each step leading to the next Trump dismisses the rule of law as an irritation that interferes with his goals He is the latest iteration of a journey into fascism and if he’s not defeated or removed from office then that journey will continue ever rightward At the same time his party sees the environment as a resource to plunder Global warming is an illusion and nothing to worry about not while there is money to be made In their shallow greedy maneuvers they lead us off a precipice that may in fact be the downfall of civilization and much of our speciesSo why do I bring up these topics in relation to The Glass Bead Game In some ways as brilliantly written and erudite as this book is it felt uaint to me It portrays a fictional country in some vague future where the primary concerns are intellectual matters The types of subjects that I discussed while getting my Master’s degree in English Literature In essence The Glass Bead Game is like being in an ahistorical intellectual grad school program studying The Glass Bead Game And despite the fact that view spoilerthe main character in the end rejects this world for the world of history and the struggles of humanity hide spoiler

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The final novel of Hermann Hesse The Glass Bead Game is a fascinating tale of the complexity of modern life as well as a classic of modern literatureSet in the twenty third century The G. The Lasting Effects of Young Reading A Short MemoirI first read The Glass Bead Game almost 60 years ago It changed my life With just the right cues of romance high tech adventure philosophical mystery and heroism the book invaded my adolescent mind laid down roots and suggested a long term plan I would one day be able to play the Game And I succeeded at least during a goodly portion of my adult life when I wasn’t distracted by the trivialities of wealth status and religion So I realised it was about time for me to revisit the ur inspiration A dangerous undertaking I know but perhaps the book could provide a sort of retrospective structure that I couldn’t consciously recall Worth the risk thenThe epigraph alone rekindles the fire that smoulders still in my unconscious Nothing is harder yet nothing is necessary than to speak of certain things whose existence is neither demonstrable nor probable The very fact that serious and conscientious men treat them as existing things brings them a step closer to existence and to the possibility of being born I have experienced just this motivation with the force of compulsion The task is both poetic and practical to help people particularly myself to see what is hidden by what they already see the things within and beyond what is apparently there For a child of 13 or so to have one’s inarticulate intuition confirmed that there is to life than its surface is profoundly importantI viewed the “Order” and the fellowship of the game seriously and admired “ the maximum integration of the individual into the hierarchy of the educators and scholars “ My first attempt involved a Carmelite monastery The next a military career Followed by a time in professional academia and subseuently an international consulting firm which is best described as a professional Protestant monastery All these and most choices that followed had the intention of assimilation into one form or another of an organisation of united and mutually supportive minds The professional context didn’t really matter I had it appears a calling not dissimilar to that of the young Joseph Knecht eventually the Magister Ludi who had “the capacity for enthusiasm subordination reverence worshipful service” necessary to persist in The Game Even today I find myself a member of a Dominican academic community which is the same size and similar in atmosphere to that of Knecht’s school at Waldzell Somewhat remarkably I suppose I have never been a joiner of clubs or groups or congregations only those with some sort of monastic potentialEven the international firm to which I belonged commercial as is was had an ethos which could have been taken straight from The Game It’s senior partners were among the most powerful and influential business leaders in the country Yet the head of the firm said to me proudly one day at lunch “Nobody knows my name” When he said this I immediately recalled Hesse’s lines “The hierarchic organization cherishes the ideal of anonymity and comes very close to the realization of that ideal” Rarely did this assimilation ever feel oppressive or threatening to my individuality As with The Game “For us a man is a hero and deserves special interest only if his nature and his education have rendered him able to let his individuality be almost perfectly absorbed in its hierarchic function without at the same time forfeiting the vigorous fresh admirable impetus which makes for the savor and worth of the individual” In order to make the point I had the habit of submitting an undated resignation on the day I started any job Even that felt like a ritual of integration I exercised it myself by “leaping” to use Joseph Knecht’s term whenever I felt The Game was being threatenedThe idea of the rules of The Game its language and symbology undoubtedly provoked some sort of teen age mysticism But what most attracted me and still does is that The Game is “ a mode of playing with the total contents and values of our culture” years later I would discover Wittgenstein and know that this is precisely what he must have meant in his term ‘language games’ The downside from a career perspective of course is that narrow disciplinary constrains and professional s became increasingly problematic The world at large expects increasing specialisation with age But for me intellectual maturity has always been a matter of expansion rather than refinement This has made me less well off than I might have been But I am than content I also find that I retain some tendencies toward teen age mysticism Perhaps this is an accomplishmentIt has been said that one is born either an Aristotelian or a Platonist Empirically it seems to me there is some strength in this assertion I am certainly in the camp of the latter and therefore fit right in to the Platonic bias of The Game which Aristotelians would merely find just silly It was Hesse who piued my interest in philosophers like Nicholas of Cusa and Gottfried Leibniz And through them into the idea of the ideal as a symbol of both purpose and the aesthetical Unconsciously I suppose I found myself associating with other Platonists and uasi Platonists West Churchman at Berkeley Russell Ackoff and Tom Cowan at Penn Oliver O’Donovan at Oxford Around each of these was a sort of invisible college the members of which unknowingly participated in many rounds of The Game That many of them are dead or no longer in my daily life is neither regrettable nor sad since the Order continues to unite usHesse’s idea of the Age of the Feuilleton as a motivating social force for the development of The Game resonated in my young life with what I perceived as the random character of what people worried about nuclear war mortal sin cures for acne and what might actually matter For Hesse the daily newspaper was about gossip than the factual information necessary for life Hesse’s narrator has only disdain for this age of wasted freedom Years later I encountered William Gaddis’s Recognitions and had a spark of remembrance about Hesse’s witty critiues of celebrity and “intellectual privateers” particularly among self proclaimed artists and most specifically writers And many years still later I am overwhelmed by Hesse’s prescience in anticipating the evil of unintelligent internet social media Perhaps they will be exactly the catalyst necessary for the real creation of The GameMathematics and Music are the core disciplines of The Game I can blame Hesse for implanting this as a seed in my psyche It legitimised for me my interest in numbers but certainly not the techniues of calculation insisted upon by my teachers and classical music of which none of my contemporaries had the slightest interest Once again it is unclear whether The Game provoked or merely articulated these interests Ultimately it doesn’t matter because The Game is my personal symbol for both Recently while reading Edward Rothstein’s Emblems of Mind a book which critiues music in terms of mathematical aesthetics and vice versa I had very clear flashbacks of my pleasant surprise at being able to adopt Hesse’s discovery as my own I have occasionally abandoned either mathematics or music as one might lose one’s childhood religion But they have always returned as the matrix of my own version of The GameI could go on ad nauseam recounting the many other specific influences that The Glass Bead Game has had on my life But this short reflection is enough to show me the profound depths to which we can be influenced by what we consume as literature in early life I don’t know what lessons this might entail Perhaps the reflection is only productive as a sort of therapy that makes conscious what has been hidden for decades from will and choice Hesse suggests this might be his intent in the text where he describes The Game evolving as “a form of concentrated self awareness for intellectuals“ Having said that there is nothing I would change about allowing The Game into my life

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Das GlasperlenspielLass Bead Game is the story of Joseph Knecht who has been raised in Castalia the remote place his society has provided for the intellectual elite to grow and flourish Since childhood Kne. 576 Das Glasperlenspiel The Glass Bead Game Herman HesseThe Glass Bead Game is the last full length novel of the German author Hermann Hesse It was begun in 1931 and published in Switzerland in 1943 after being rejected for publication in Germany due to Hesse's anti Fascist views A few years later in 1946 Hesse went on to win the Nobel Prize in Literature In honoring him in its Award Ceremony Speech the Swedish Academy said that the novel occupies a special position in Hesse's workعنوانها سالهای آزادی؛ بازی مهره شیشه‌ ای؛ نویسنده هرمان هسه؛ انتشاراتیها فردوس و نگاه سبز ادبیات؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش روز دوم ماه ژانویه سال 2009 میلادیعنوان بازی مهره شیشه ای؛ نویسنده هرمان هسه؛ مترجم پرویز داریوش؛ تهران، فردوس، چاپ سوم 1368؛ در 548 ص؛ چاپ سوم فردوس 1376؛ بالای عنوان اوستاد بازی؛ چاپ دیگر تهران، بدیهه، فردوس، 1374؛ چاپ دیگر تهران، فردوس، 1386؛ شابک 9789643202577؛ چاپ پنجنم 1392؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان آلمانی قرن 20 معنوان سالهای آزادی؛ نویسنده هرمان هسه؛ مترجم عرفان قانعی فرد؛ تهران، نگاه سبز، 1379؛ در 617 ص؛ شابک 9645939611؛کتاب نخسین بار در سال 1943 میلادی، در سوئیس انتشار یافت «هسه» در نامه‌ ای که در سال 1955 میلادی، به دوستی به نام «رودلف پان ویتس» مینویسند یادمانهایی را از زمان رستن و جان گرفتن این داستان باز می‌گویند نقل از متن آن اندیشه که در اصل مرا برافروخت تصور تناسخ بود، به صورت محملی که از طریق آن ثبات در تبدیل، دوام در سنت و زندگی روح به طورکلی بیان شود آنگاه روزی، چند سال پیش از آنکه عملاً به نوشتن حکایت بپردازم، داستان زندگی خاص اما ابَرزمانه را رؤیت کردم انسانی را تصور کردم که طی چند حلول دوران‌های عظیم تاریخ بشری را می‌آزماید برای ساختن آن زمان که بتوانم در آن پناه، نیرو و دلداری بیابم، همین بسنده بود که هر زمان فرضی را در گذشته برانگیزم و عاشقانه تصویر کنم دیدم که با رد زمان، خیره سر باید اثبات کنم که سلطان جان و روان وجود دارد، اما شکست ناپذیر است با درک این نکته، نقشه ی من به سوی تجلی ناکجاآباد، به تخیلی که در آینده افکنده شده باشد، تغییر جهت داد چه سراسیمه شدم وقتی که ایالت «کاستالیا» سر برآورد نیازی نبود که در اندیشه جان بگیرد یا ساخته شود بی آنکه خود بدانم از مدتی پیش درون من شکل گرفته بود پس آن بست را که دنبالش می‌گشتم یافته بودم «کاستالیا» را باید مفهومی بری از زمان درک کرد، که واقعیت درونی خود را واجد است و هدف آن نشان دادن امکان زندگی روح و روان است «بازی مهره شیشه‌ ای» شیوه‌ ای است از بازی کردن با مجموع محتویات فرهنگ ما، بدانگونه با آنها بازی می‌کند که گفتی در عصر شگرف هنرها، نگارگری با رنگ‌های روی شستی خود، با درون بینی‌ها، اندیشه‌ های والا، آثار هنری که بشر در دروان‌های آفرینندگی خود پدید آورده‌ است، همه آنچه مطالعات دانشمندانه به مفاهیم بدل کرده و به صورت ملک فکری درآورده‌ است، با تمام این مجموعه عظیم ارزش‌های فکری، بازیکن بازی مهره شیشه‌ ای به گونه ارگ نوازی که ارگ بنوازد، بازی می‌کند پایان نقل از متن سال‌ها تمرین باید تا کسی بازی را به شایستگی ببازد، تنها چند تن این هنر را به غایت می‌رسانند و تها یک تن می‌تواند «استاد بازی» شود و این مقامی است که بدو توان می‌بخشد تا بازی‌های بزرگ عمومی را طرح و هدایت کند اما بالاترین حالتی که از بازی کردن بازی مهره شیشه‌ ای باید حاصل شود، سلامت نفس است، و این چیزی است که «هسه» در همه ی آثار خود، از رمان و شعر و مقاله و نقد به دنبال آن بوده‌ است «سلیم» و «سلامت نفس» در نامه‌ ها و گفت و گوهای آخر عمر «هسه» فراوان به کار گرفته شده‌ اند ا شربیانی