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Magister Ludi : the glass bead game

Author: Hermann Hesse
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 1970, 1972 printing.
Series: Bantam book, T5555.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is Hesse's last and greatest work, which won for him the Nobel Prize for Literature. Something like chess but far more intricate, the game of Magister Ludi known as the Glass Bead Game is thought in its purest form, a synthesis through which philosophy, art, music and scientific law are appreciated simultaneously. The scholar-players are isolated within Castalia, an autonomous elite institution devoted wholly  Read more...
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Material Type: Biography, Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hermann Hesse
ISBN: 0553229737 9780553229738
OCLC Number: 4084774
Notes: Translation of Das Glasperlenspiel.
Description: xvi, 520 pages ; 18 cm.
Series Title: Bantam book, T5555.
Other Titles: Glass bead game
Responsibility: Hermann Hesse ; translated from the German by Richard and Clara Winston ; with a foreword by Theodore Ziolkowski.

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This is Hesse's last and greatest work, which won for him the Nobel Prize for Literature. Something like chess but far more intricate, the game of Magister Ludi known as the Glass Bead Game is thought in its purest form, a synthesis through which philosophy, art, music and scientific law are appreciated simultaneously. The scholar-players are isolated within Castalia, an autonomous elite institution devoted wholly to the mind and the imagination... Part romance, part philosophical tract, part utopian fantasy, its theme is the conflict between, and the need to synthesize, thought and action, intellect and the flesh.

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