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If the War Goes On... Reflections on War and Politics
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Hermann Hesse Ralph Manheim
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If the War Goes On... Reflections on War and Politics

Hermann Hesse Ralph Manheim



Literary essays;
First World War;
Second World War


192 pages

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Herman Hesse remained clear-sighted and consistent in his political views and his passionate espousal of pacifism and the bloody absurdity of war from the start of the First World War to the end of his life. He wrote the earliest essay in this book in September 1914, before he cemented his fame with the novels Steppenwolf and Siddhartha, and continued writing a stream of letters, essays and pamphlets throughout the war. In his native Germany his views earned him the labels 'traitor' and 'viper', but after World War II he was moved to reiterate his beliefs in another series of essays and letters.

If the War Goes On ... resonates as strongly today as it did when originally published and begs the question: have our politicians learnt nothing in the last seventy years?

By:   Hermann Hesse
Translated by:   Ralph Manheim
Imprint:   Canongate
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Main
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 12mm
Weight:   133g
ISBN:   9781786894458
ISBN 10:   1786894459
Pages:   192
Publication Date:   January 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Herman Hesse was one of the greatest literary figures of the German-speaking world. His deep humanity and searching philosophy were developed in such masterly works as Siddhartha, Steppenwolf and Narcissus and Goldmund, which together with his poems and a number of critical works (including If the War Goes On...) won him a leading place among contemporary thinkers. In 1946 he won the Nobel Prize for Literature. He died in 1962 shortly after his eighty-fifth birthday.

Just as telling now as it must have been when it first appeared * * Guardian * * A writer of genius * * The Times * *

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