It is the 23rd century and the Glass Bead Game is an ultra-aesthetic game which is played by scholars in the kingdom of Castalia, the remote place society has provided for the intellectual elite to grow and flourish. This game involves all branches of knowledge, and spirirtual values - especially those of the east. Since childhood, Joseph Knecht has been consumed with mastering the Glass Bead Game, which requires a synthesis of aesthetics and scientific arts, such as mathematics, music, logic, and philosphy. This he achieves in adulthood, becoming a Magister Ludi (Master of the Game) and also faces the dilemmas posed by the game's development into a ritualistic form of intellectual worship.
First published in 1946 "The Glass Bead Game" was considered Hermann Hesse's magnum opus and follows the tradition of Steppenwolf securing its place among the most important novels of the twentieth century.
About the Author
Hermann Hesse was born in Calw, Wurttemburg in 1877. In 1919, as a protest against German militarism in the First World War, Hesse moved to Switzerland where he lived in self-imposed exile until his death at the age of eighty-five in 1962.His major works include Steppenwolf , Siddharta and Narcissus and Goldmund. Hesse worked on his magnum opus, The Glass Bead Game, for twelve years. This novel was specifically cited when he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946.
"One of the truly important books of the century, in any language" -- The Times
"Sublime" -- Thomas Mann
"A massive novel set out to explore the positive side of human nature, the fullness of man's capacity as a thinker and as a prober into scared mysteries...Touching and impressive" -- Observer
Series: Vintage Classics
Number Of Pages: 544
Published: September 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.0 x 3.4
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1