Deceptively Simple, Enigmatically Profound

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Klingsor’s Last Summer by Hermann Hesse

4.5/5

There is a celebration of life here, between the joyful, artless, exuberance of youth and the melancholic, contemplative resignation of the jaded adult.

When you see it, you love it. Hesse’s brief yet beautiful meditation on various stages in life – youth, adulthood, ageing, and death – is enigmatically constructed yet simply captured in very much the manner of an impressionist painting.

Though the themes are unmistakably Hessian, the style is clearly experimental and may take a moment adjusting to if you are familiar with his previous works, but it is similarly rewarding when it reveals itself to you.

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