By Hesse, Hermann; Hesse, Hermann; Rosner, Hilda
In uncomplicated, enthralling prose, Hermann Hesse's Journey to the East tells of a trip either geographic and non secular. H.H., a German choirmaster, is invited on an excursion with the League, a mystery society whose participants comprise Paul Klee, Mozart, and Albertus Magnus. The individuals traverse either area and time, encountering Noah's Ark in Zurich and Don Quixote at Bremgarten. The pilgrims' final vacation spot is the East, the "Home of the Light," the place they anticipate finding religious renewal. but the concord that governed on the outset of the journey quickly degenerates into open clash. every one tourist reveals the remainder of the crowd insupportable and heads off in his personal path, with H.H. bitterly blaming the others for the failure of the adventure. it's only lengthy after the journey, whereas poring over files within the League data, that H.H. discovers his personal function within the dissolution of the crowd, and the ominous importance of the adventure itself.
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It was not unusual for us to be mocked at and disturbed by unbelievers, but it also happened often enough that priests blessed us and invited us to be their guests, that children enthusiastically joined us, learned our songs and saw us depart with tears in their eyes; that an old man would show us forgotten monuments or tell us a legend about his district; that youths would walk with us part of the way and desire to join the League. The latter were given advice and apprised of the first rites and practices of novitiates.
How could I help but follow him! He walked down the lane, and although his step was light, effortless and youthful, it was also in keeping with the evening; it was of the same quality as the twilight, it was friendly and at one with the hour, with the subdued sounds from the center of the town, with the half-light of the first lamps which were just beginning to appear. He turned into the small park at St. Paul’s Gate, disappeared amongst the tall round bushes, and I hurried so that I should not lose him.
They had read with due respect about the courageous journey through Upper Swabia, of the triumph at Bremgarten, of the surrender of the Tessin mountain village, and had at times wondered whether the movement would like to place itself at the service of a republican government. Then, to be sure, the matter apparently petered out. Several of the former leaders left the movement; indeed, in some way they seemed to be ashamed of it and no longer wished to remember it. News about it came through very sparingly and it was always strangely contradictory, and so the whole matter was just placed aside ad acta and forgotten like so many eccentric political, religious or artistic movements of those post-war years.