Hermann Hesse (1877-1962) was a German UsefulNotes/{{Nobel Prize|In Literature}} winning author. His works were extremely popular in the 1960s, to the extent of being called the "Hesse Torrent." He received the Nobel Prize in 1946 for ''Literature/TheGlassBeadGame''. His books are often metaphysical in nature and deal with a search for self-knowledge and understanding, especially where faith is concerned.


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* ''Peter Camenzind''
* ''Beneath the Wheel''
* ''Gertrude''
* ''Rosshalde''
* ''Knulp''
* ''Demian''
* ''Siddhartha''
* ''Steppenwolf''
* ''Narcissus and Goldmund''
* ''Journey to the East''
* ''Literature/TheGlassBeadGame'', originally published as ''Magister Ludi''.
* ''Fairy Tales of Hermann Hesse''
!! Hermann Hesse's books provide examples of:
* AllMythsAreTrue: Pilgrims in the ''Journey to the East'' experience history, religion, legend, fantasy and normal reality all blending into one.
* AttractiveBentGender: Hermine in ''Steppenwolf''.
* AuthorAvatar: You'll find the initials H.H. a lot in Hesse's work.
* BettyAndVeronica: In ''Gertrude'', Gertrude is Archie, to Kuhn's Betty and Muoth's Veronica.
* {{Bishounen}}: Demian is described as having a never-aging female-looking face, and is considered a very attractive guy.
* TheBlackDeath: In ''Narcissus and Goldmund''
* BurnTheWitch
* {{Calvinball}}: How exactly the Glass Bead Game goes is never fully explained....
* CasanovaWannabe: Emil
* TheCharmer: Goldmund, of ''Narcissus and Goldmund''. Max Demian and his mother, in lesser degree, are charmers too.
* ChildProdigy: Often a deconstruction, as in ''Beneath the Wheel''.
* TheDrifter: Knulp
* EccentricMentor
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: At one point, Hermine from ''Steppenwolf'' seduces a young woman, notably not in her androgynous attire.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Kamala in ''Siddhartha''.
* IneffectualLoner: Harry in ''Steppenwolf''.
* InnocenceLost: The beginning of ''Demian''.
* KingIncognito: In ''The Journey to the East'', [[spoiler: the servant Leo turns out to be the President of the League.]]
* LadyLooksLikeADude: In ''Demian'', Frau Eva (Demian's mother) is described as having male features alongside feminine cues.
* MentorArchetype
* StacysMom: Sinclair is immediately smitten with ''Demian'''s mother.
* TheMuse: Gertrude to Kuhn, and Demian has one too.
* TheOrder: The League in ''The Journey to the East''.
* ThePlague: Very relevant to ''Narcissus and Goldmund''.
* RiddleForTheAges: What, exactly, did Max Demian do to Sinclair's bully?
* TroubledChild