The Glass Bead Game

The Glass Bead Game➻ The Glass Bead Game Free ➱ Author Hermann Hesse – Bluevapours.co.uk The final novel of Hermann Hesse, The Glass Bead Game is a fascinating tale of the complexity of modern life as well as a classic of modern literatureSet in the twenty third century, The Glass Bead Ga The final novel of Hermann Hesse, The Glass Bead Game is a fascinating tale of the complexity of modern life as well as a classic of modern literatureSet in the twenty third century, The Glass Bead Game is the story of Joseph Knecht, who has The Glass Kindle - been raised in Castalia, the remote place his society has provided for the intellectual elite to grow and flourish Since childhood, Knecht has been consumed with mastering The Glass Bead Game, which requires a synthesis of aesthetics and philosophy, which he achieves in adulthood, becoming a Magister Ludi Master of the Game.

Hermann Hesse was a German Swiss poet, novelist, and painter In , he received the Nobel Prize for Literature His best known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game also known as Magister Ludi which explore an individual s search for spirituality outside The Glass Kindle - societyIn his time, Hesse was a popular and influential author in the German speaking world worldwide fame only came later Hesse s first great novel, Peter Camenzind , was received enthusiastically by young Germans desiring a different andnatural way of life at the time of great economic and technological progress in the country Throughout Germany, many schools are named after him In , the Calwer Hermann Hesse Preis was founded, which is awarded every two years, alternately to a German language literary journal or to the translator of Hesse s work to a foreign language There is also a Hermann Hesse prize associated with the city of Karlsruhe, Germany.

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  1. BlackOxford says:

    The Lasting Effects of Young Reading A Short MemoirI first read The Glass Bead Game almost 60 years ago It changed my life With just the right cues of romance, high tech adventure, philosophical mystery, and heroism, the book invaded my adolescent mind, laid down roots and suggested a long term plan I would one day be able to play the Game And I succeeded, at least during a goodly portion of my adult life, when I wasn t distracted by the trivialities of wealth, status, and religion So I re The Lasting Effects of Young Reading A Short MemoirI first read The Glass Bead Game almost 60 years ago It changed my life With just the right cues of romance, high tech adventure, philosophical mystery, and heroism, the book invaded my adolescent mind, laid down roots and suggested a long term plan I would one day be able to play the Game And I succeeded, at least during a goodly portion of my adult life, when I wasn t distracted by the trivialities of wealth, status, and religion So I realised it was about time for me to revisit the ur inspiration A dangerous undertaking, I know, but perhaps the book could provide a sort of retrospective structure that I couldn t consciously recall Worth the risk then.The epigraph alone rekindles the fire that smoulders still in my unconscious Nothing is harder, yet nothing isnecessary, than to speak of certain things whose existence is neither demonstrable nor probable The very fact that serious and conscientious men treat them as existing things brings them a step closer to existence and to the possibility of being born. I have experienced just this motivation with the force of compulsion The task is both poetic and practical to help people, particularly myself, to see what is hidden by what they already see, the things within and beyond what is apparently there For a child of 13 or so, to have one s inarticulate intuition confirmed that there isto life than its surface is profoundly important.I viewed the Order and the fellowship of the game seriously and admiredthe maximum integration of the individual into the hierarchy of the educators and scholarsMy first attempt involved a Carmelite monastery The next a military career Followed by a time in professional academia and subsequently an international consulting firm which is best described as a professional Protestant monastery All these, and most choices that followed, had the intention of assimilation into one form or another of an organisation of united and mutually supportive minds The professional context didn t really matter I had, it appears, a calling not dissimilar to that of the young Joseph Knecht, eventually the Magister Ludi, who hadthe capacity for enthusiasm, subordination, reverence, worshipful servicenecessary to persist in The Game Even today I find myself a member of a Dominican academic community which is the same size and similar in atmosphere to that of Knecht s school at Waldzell Somewhat remarkably, I suppose, I have never been a joiner of clubs, or groups, or congregations, only those with some sort of monastic potential.Even the international firm to which I belonged, commercial as is was, had an ethos which could have been taken straight from The Game It s senior partners were among the most powerful and influential business leaders in the country Yet the head of the firm said to me proudly one day at lunchNobody knows my nameWhen he said this I immediately recalled Hesse s linesThe hierarchic organization cherishes the ideal of anonymity, and comes very close to the realization of that idealRarely did this assimilation ever feel oppressive or threatening to my individuality As with The GameFor us, a man is a hero and deserves special interest only if his nature and his education have rendered him able to let his individuality be almost perfectly absorbed in its hierarchic function without at the same time forfeiting the vigorous, fresh, admirable impetus which makes for the savor and worth of the individual In order to make the point, I had the habit of submitting an undated resignation on the day I started any job Even that felt like a ritual of integration I exercised it myself by leaping, to use Joseph Knecht s term, whenever I felt The Game was being threatened.The idea of the rules of The Game, its language, and symbology undoubtedly provoked some sort of teen age mysticism But what most attracted me and still does is that The Game isa mode of playing with the total contents and values of our cultureyears later I would discover Wittgenstein and know that this is precisely what he must have meant in his term language games The downside from a career perspective, of course, is that narrow disciplinary constrains and professional s became increasingly problematic The world at large expects increasing specialisation with age But for me intellectual maturity has always been a matter of expansion rather than refinement This has made me less well off than I might have been But I amthan content I also find that I retain some tendencies toward teen age mysticism Perhaps this is an accomplishment.It has been said that one is born either an Aristotelian or a Platonist Empirically, it seems to me, there is some strength in this assertion I am certainly in the camp of the latter and therefore fit right in to the Platonic bias of The Game, which Aristotelians would merely find just silly It was Hesse who piqued my interest in philosophers like Nicholas of Cusa and Gottfried Leibniz And through them into the idea of the ideal as a symbol of both purpose and the aesthetical Unconsciously I suppose, I found myself associating with other Platonists and quasi Platonists West Churchman at Berkeley, Russell Ackoff and Tom Cowan at Penn, Oliver O Donovan at Oxford Around each of these was a sort of invisible college, the members of which unknowingly participated in many rounds of The Game That many of them are dead or no longer in my daily life is neither regrettable nor sad since the Order continues to unite us.Hesse s idea of the Age of the Feuilleton as a motivating social force for the development of The Game resonated in my young life with what I perceived as the random character of what people worried about nuclear war, mortal sin, cures for acne and what might actually matter For Hesse, the daily newspaper wasabout gossip than the factual information necessary for life Hesse s narrator has only disdain for this age of wasted freedomYears later, I encountered William Gaddis s Recognitions and had a spark of remembrance about Hesse s witty critiques of celebrity andintellectual privateers , particularly among self proclaimed artists, and most specifically writers And many years still later, I am overwhelmed by Hesse s prescience in anticipating the evil of unintelligent internet social media Perhaps they will be exactly the catalyst necessary for the real creation of The Game Mathematics and Music are the core disciplines of The Game I can blame Hesse for implanting this as a seed in my psyche It legitimised for me my interest in numbers but certainly not the techniques of calculation insisted upon by my teachers and classical music of which none of my contemporaries had the slightest interest Once again, it is unclear whether The Game provoked or merely articulated these interests Ultimately it doesn t matter because The Game is my personal symbol for both Recently while reading Edward Rothstein s Emblems of Mind, a book which critiques music in terms of mathematical aesthetics and vice versa, I had very clear flashbacks of my pleasant surprise at being able to adopt Hesse s discovery as my own I have occasionally abandoned either mathematics or music as one might lose one s childhood religion But they have always returned as the matrix of my own version of The Game.I could go on ad nauseam recounting the many other specific influences that The Glass Bead Game has had on my life But this short reflection is enough to show me the profound depths to which we can be influenced by what we consume as literature in early life I don t know what lessons this might entail Perhaps the reflection is only productive as a sort of therapy that makes conscious what has been hidden for decades from will and choice Hesse suggests this might be his intent in the text where he describes The Game evolving asa form of concentrated self awareness for intellectualsHaving said that, there is nothing I would change about allowing The Game into my life

  2. Ben Winch says:

    There s a scene in Antonio Tabucchi s Indian Nocturne in which the narrator meets an Indian intellectual who asks him, among other things, what he thinks of Hermann Hesse The narrator, resenting the interruption and perhaps with a sense he is being mocked, heaps scorn on the German spiritualist , calling him sentimental and likening him to a sweet liqueur, and only later realises he hasn t said what he thought of Hesse at all In some way, these days, I suspect there s a little of this narrato There s a scene in Antonio Tabucchi s Indian Nocturne in which the narrator meets an Indian intellectual who asks him, among other things, what he thinks of Hermann Hesse The narrator, resenting the interruption and perhaps with a sense he is being mocked, heaps scorn on the German spiritualist , calling him sentimental and likening him to a sweet liqueur, and only later realises he hasn t said what he thought of Hesse at all In some way, these days, I suspect there s a little of this narrator in many of us Hesse unlike Kafka or Beckett or Mann is not an intellectual s badge of honour Frequently, I ve approached one or another of his books again after a hiatus half expecting that this time I will have grown out of him, but I never do The Journey to the East has enthralled me since I first read it in my teens and probably I understand only marginallyof it now than I did then The Treatise on the Steppenwolf unlike much of the rest of that most famous of his novels I likewise revere The early novella Knulp is a small masterpiece, touching and true Demian has its moments, Siddhartha too though again its fame is out of proportion to its content , and Klingsor s Last Summer and many of the short stories and even Narziss and Goldmund if you re on a roll and don t want to stop But looming over all of them, dwarfing them and pulling together most of what s best in each of them is The Glass Bead Game, a book which, despite myself, and though I doubt I ll be able to convey why without reading it again a fourth time , I count among the five or so most transformative reading experiences in my lifetime Like The Journey or The Treatise , the General Introduction to the Glass Bead Game for the Layman is Hesse at his finest not so dissimilar to Borges in his essayistic tone and otherworldly humour, and throwing out mindbending concepts with casual aplomb The Glass Bead Game is thus a mode of playing with the total contents and values of our culture it plays with them as, say, in the great age of the arts a painter might have played with the colours on his palette All the insights, noble thoughts, and works of art that the human race has produced in its creative eras, all that subsequent periods of scholarly study have reduced to concepts and converted into intellectual property on all this immense body of intellectual values the Glass Bead Game player plays like the organist on an organ.In other words, an early glimpse of post modernity, but telescoped into an imaginary future after what Hesse dryly characterises as The Age of the Feuilleton in which for the purposes of players of the Glass Bead Game artistic production has stopped or gone underground, and the highest cultural calling is to manipulate what has been left behind by former ages, to create in a hyper ritualised setting and for the benefit of worldwide audiences these games that are part music, part mathematics, and use a futuristic brand of calligraphic characters to sample and integrate their component parts into a quasi equation that can later be studied and reproduced At the centre of this enterprise, the Magister Ludi or master of the Glass Bead Game is treated like a priest or deity by devotees of the game But there is none of the rock or movie star cult of personality about these figures not only are their identities kept secret except from a few close initiates, but their study in biographies or histories is discouraged Certainly, what nowadays we understand by personality is something quite different from what the biographers and historians of earlier times meant by it For them, the essence of a personality seems to have been deviance, abnormality, uniqueness, in fact all too often the pathological We moderns, on the other hand, do not even speak of major personalities until we encounter men who have gone beyond all original and idiosyncratic qualities to achieve the greatest possible integration into the generality, the greatest possible service to the suprapersonal.Nevertheless, The Glass Bead Game is, for the most part, a biography of one earnest if somewhat rebellious Magister, Joseph Knecht a man whose early brilliance followed by his ultimate resignation is a touchstone for all who question the value of life behind the cloistered walls of Castalia, the pedagogical province in which his story takes place What do we have here then, if not the old, pathology based form of a biography A kind of everyman story, the story of a type But Hesse s type and I think this is beautiful in light of the leader of his former homeland when he wrote this is a leader, the ideal leader, and the culmination of a search which runs throughout Hesse s work Joseph Knecht is a kind of holy man, but with none of the pomp or self importance which, maybe, these days, that implies Knecht in German means servant , and throughout his short life Knecht impresses us as just that, a servant both to those he governs and to some other voice or calling which comes to him from beyond Like all of Hesse s characters, Knecht exists to find himself , but unlike Harry Haller or Knulp or Emil Sinclair or even Siddhartha, he does not despair at least not in these pages like Leo, the leader in disguise of the Journeyers to the East, he remains tranquil and alert to his duties Throughout the book Knecht s own writings are quoted, and at the end of the Introduction , in speaking of classical music, he writes the following always there may be heard in these works a defiance, a death defying intrepidity, a gallantry, and a note of superhuman laughter, of immortal gay serenity Let that same note also sound in our Glass Bead Games, and in our whole lives, acts, and sufferings.Earlier Knecht s biographer had warned us The poets told horrific fables about the forbidden, diabolic, heaven offending keys, the music of decline no sooner were these wicked notes struck in the palace than the sky darkened, the walls trembled and collapsed, and kingdom and sovereign went to their doom.People fault Hesse for what they see as his sentimentality Sometimes, I can see their point as in the relationship of Harry Haller to his young prostitute friend in Steppenwolf, for example But when he manages to rise above all the doubts and complaints of that lonely wolf of the steppes, there is actually something quietly heroic in Hesse s stance In Switzerland, in 1943, along with his friends Paul Klee and Hugo Ball of the Cabaret Voltaire, this man refuses absolutely to play the heaven offending keys Whatever he creates will partake only of that superhuman laughter and death defying intrepidity , no matter what horrors his homeland can spew forth and, as his writings on the war show, Hesse was far from ignorant of these And so, on the surface, his may seem a fantasy for which the modern or post modern world has little use escapism, idealism, even amid the destruction of Europe by guns and explosives lyricism But readclosely and it s evident that the despairing, human Hesse is passionately present in almost every word of this Yes, the characters in The Glass Bead Game like Beckett s characters, like Kafka s can seemor less than human No, there is no sexuality in their world nor in Waiting For Godot, for that matter , and as if to foreground this lack Hesse writes his Introduction entirely from a genderless we standpoint, which while not spelling it out seems to suggest or has always suggested to me, anyway that we are to treat these characters as beyond or outside of the ordinary realm of the sexual Why Perhaps because, to a German in Europe in 1943, sexuality did not seem that crucial a topic Me, I ve never demanded realism from fiction in fact, I like writers who alert me to the fact that the beings they create are not human Likewise, I don t care in the least that the end section of the book Joseph Knecht s Posthumous Writings is probably just a series of sketches done in warm up for the task of creating Knecht To me, at least one of these novellas The Father Confessor is easily among the best of Hesse s works in its own right and never fails to have me in tears by the end of it And even the poetry poorly suited to translation as it is is illuminating in showing the genesis of the conception.If I haven t said much about the substance of Knecht s story, the truth is I don t remember much of it, but for snatches of scenery which Hesse describes so well and a general feeling of the excitement of a young man following his calling If you read for plot, this isn t the book for you But if you want to hear the wisdom of a wise, possibly heartbroken man determined, despite everything, not to hit the jarring notes of the diabolic keys but to sing with the laughing voice of an angel, this is it I don t care if that sounds sentimental The world needs artists who are willing to speak calmly from the storm, and Hermann Hesse was one of them I take my hat off to you, Herr Hesse Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your guidance

  3. Darwin8u says:

    No permanence is ours we are a waveThat flows to fit whatever form it findsHermann Hesse, The Glass Bead GameI remember reading Hesse s Siddhartha and Narcissus and Goldmund right out of high school There was something both disquieting and uniquely calming about these strange little books that Hesse wrote detailing his love and fascination with Eastern thought and philosophy I figured this year I would read the Glass Bead Game and later Steppenwolf It is in many ways Hesse s subtle anNo permanence is ours we are a waveThat flows to fit whatever form it findsHermann Hesse, The Glass Bead GameI remember reading Hesse s Siddhartha and Narcissus and Goldmund right out of high school There was something both disquieting and uniquely calming about these strange little books that Hesse wrote detailing his love and fascination with Eastern thought and philosophy I figured this year I would read the Glass Bead Game and later Steppenwolf It is in many ways Hesse s subtle answer to the growing Fascism in his country But, at its heart, it isn t an anti Fascist book He is aiming forHe is thinking bigger.It is a book about harmony and the arts The exploration of how music, mathematics, intellectualism and life can become transcendent and beautiful The Glass Bead Game is a mysterious fill in that allows it to be at once none and all of man s endeavors It is a holy raga, a tactile masbaha, a literary syncretism, that captures the whole of man s achievements and is practiced by an elite few Using the framework of the Game Hesse is able to look at the dynamic of all of man s achievements as being both beautiful, worthwhile, but also frivolous and fleeting He looks at the tension between those who remove themselves from mankind s experiences with those who live IN the world There is a pull and a reciprocity between these two groups He is looking for those things that balance those groups and ultimately those things that cause these groups to separate.The book also explores the mostly Eastern ideas of meditation, surrender, loss and renewal I found these ideas obviously beautiful and rewarding, but I m still not sure if I really liked the structure of the book Part 1 pages 7 44 Introduction to GBG Part 2 Pages 45 427 Magister Ludi s story Part 3 428 445 Magister Ludi s poems Part 4 446 558 The Three Lives other incarnations of Magister LudiI m just not sure if the structure worked for me It did well enough, but I loved and hated it too Maybe that was Hesse s intention The first part was a parody of those history of the saints that appear so often and so frequently in all religious traditions It was interesting, but just didn t mix well with the final parts of the novel I did like having Knecht s re incarnations be outside of time While Magister Ludi was set in the future, the other incarnations of Magister Ludi werelikely from the past An interesting construct, but the weight of the last was too little for the heavy front But these are frivolous issues For the most part, I liked the book It is incredible that in the face of WWII and Nazi Germany Hesse could write this History and the inevitable burning push of evil must have seemed dark and heavy, but ultimately this book written from 1931 to 1943 contains the germs of peace and tranquility I think that peace comes from the idea of a spiritual retreat a common theme and surrender Hesse wasn t saying to run from Evil, although he did himself leave Nazi Germany But I think his book was communicating the ability to find peace through surrendering to one s own situation and place in the universe The Glass Bead Game one day will disappear, but so too ONE DAY will fascism and evil, because all of man s creation is a game So, surrender to the game and surrender to the universe

  4. Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    576 Das Glasperlenspiel The Glass Bead Game, Herman HesseThe Glass Bead Game is the last full length novel of the German author Hermann Hesse It was begun in 1931 and published in Switzerland in 1943 after being rejected for publication in Germany due to Hesse s anti Fascist views A few years later, in 1946, Hesse went on to win the Nobel Prize in Literature In honoring him in its Award Ceremony Speech, the Swedish Academy said that the novel occupies a special position in Hesse s work 576 Das Glasperlenspiel The Glass Bead Game, Herman HesseThe Glass Bead Game is the last full length novel of the German author Hermann Hesse It was begun in 1931 and published in Switzerland in 1943 after being rejected for publication in Germany due to Hesse s anti Fascist views A few years later, in 1946, Hesse went on to win the Nobel Prize in Literature In honoring him in its Award Ceremony Speech, the Swedish Academy said that the novel occupies a special position in Hesse s work 2009 1368 548 1376 1374 1386 9789643202577 1392 20 1379 617 9645939611 19431955

  5. Robin Tell-Drake says:

    A tremendous disappointment, especially given the shimmering praise the book garners on all sides I realize I m at odds with the world in judging this book harshly, and I realize there may yet be some dimension of brilliance here that I m just not seeing, but grant me this, it s not for lack of trying No other novel have I ever laid down without a backward glance within a few dozen pages of the end, certain at last that the great payoff for my eight hundred pages of patience was never going to A tremendous disappointment, especially given the shimmering praise the book garners on all sides I realize I m at odds with the world in judging this book harshly, and I realize there may yet be some dimension of brilliance here that I m just not seeing, but grant me this, it s not for lack of trying No other novel have I ever laid down without a backward glance within a few dozen pages of the end, certain at last that the great payoff for my eight hundred pages of patience was never going to come Here s the big plot spoiler nothing at all happens in this book Not nothing in a loaded, John Cage way, just nothing, as when the author cannot deliver on his heady promises but publishes a book anyhow I actually think it s kind of important to call bullshit on all the approbation the book receives.The two fundamental failures in the book are its main character and its central device, the Game itself Both failures are drearily total, and each is all theof a letdown for the breathless, never ending clamor of hype both within and without the book s pages.The book starts right out with the declaration of Joseph Knecht s pivotal importance, as the greatest player the Game has ever had, after whose career the history of the Game could never be the same This is repeated ceaselessly throughout, in narrative asides Meanwhile, we watch a pleasant, unassuming, talented young boy as he is handpicked by a professor, becomes a promising student whose great potential is remarked on by everyone he meets, and moves on to become a professor at a young age He is indeed the youngest ever to become Magister Ludi, so at least that should earn him a mention in the history books We are told, I think precisely once, that when he runs a game, it s a good one And then he gets old along the way he meets some people and has some conversations And then he dies in a swimming accident, and then we riffle through some of his personal papers until the book is over Even his youthful writings, a strange little coda to his own life story, echo the pattern of fervent affirmation of the importance of a character plainly himself in thin disguise, but now being described, just as fawningly, in his own voice who goes on to do nothing much.If in fact Knecht ever does anything of greater historical importance than being generally agreeable and good at what he does, it is not told to us His life is a dull blank, undeserving of a biography at all, especially when at least three other characters go by who might actually have made good reading Consider the strangely beatified Music Master, whose unexpectedly mystical transcendence of humanity Knecht merely witnesses when it comes along late in the book that might be worthy of history Or Knecht s boyhood rival, a fiery young student who leaves the academic world and is reunited with Knecht later on one of the protagonist s vanishingly rare ventures outside his ivory tower his relationship to the Game is complex and troubled, but this barely ruffles the surface of Knecht s complacency Or there is the Sinophile who draws Knecht into a dialogue with Chinese history and literature, who gets to deliver the book s most interesting challenge when Knecht seeks his assistance in bringing the symbology of the I Ching into the vocabulary of the Game much easier, you d think, than it would have been to encapsulate French poetry or organic chemistry, since the I Ching is already encoded in a set of symbols easily printed on beads , his new mentor smiles and says you can build a garden in the world, but good luck fitting the entire world inside your garden What s this A character within the Glass Bead Game dismissing the Game itself as far lesser than some other symbol system Here, now, we have the potential for a meaty examination of this Game thing, which we deserve after putting up with so much talk about it But Knecht just shrugs and goes about his business, and there will be no exposition upon either system Because the Game is the other aching nullity at the heart of the book there s nothing there.Hesse was inspired to write, beyond doubt, by the legitimately awesome notion of the Game He imagines a symbol system within which all academic disciplines can be encoded, and can interact with each other, like a conversion chart for all fields of knowledge Within this system, all concepts are encoded on beads, and it seems any of them can meaningfully combine with any other, such that wild new ideas emerge in the interplay Here is the complex discourse wherein some kind of game, some competition or contest, can flourish, a game of all human learning, ranging like lightning from one discipline to another, referencing everything Only a rarefied kind of academic could hope to understand such a game, let alone play it competitively And the book is set within the cloistered academy where these super scholars are trained.It s a sweeping, fascinating idea It s enough, without adding much of anything else, to drive a really memorable short story But Hesse wanted it to crown a towering edifice, worthy of the sense of weight and magnitude that was, in fact, only the subject of the idea rather than its dimensions By which I mean it was a vague little slip of an idea about something vast and weighty, rather than actually being a vast and weighty idea But Hesse fooled himself, and in his excitement he determined to write a very long novel, and that was a mistake from which there could be no recovery The fatal problem is that Hesse wilts instantly before the task of filling in any kind of detail about what the game was and how it worked He hasn t a clue Inspired by his book, several people have gone on to designor less playable games to match their impressions of the game he only alludes to you can find them on the internet if you look around but he never does And theambient suspense the author generates by promising a brilliant reality, without ever showing even a flickering corner of it, the worse the bland filler starts to smell when it all gets stale Mind you, I know it s too much to ask for him to generate a practical game that lives up to his vision But we don t need him to do that He need only sketch some part of it, fill in a detail here and a detail there that his characters can make part of their workaday conversations He does need to do something, though, and it needs to pass muster as at least a tantalizing beginning of the thing itself One example, perhaps, of a specific bead that represents something from the science of biology what is written or drawn on the bead What might be one instance of that bead s being played in answer to a bead representing some architectural concept That would be enough He makes frequent mention of music indeed the deification of music, common among writers, is so relentless here as to become a minor problem in its own right but no sign of how it relates to any other field Of course, a writer needs to be able to let the reader fill in empty spaces that the story only sketches with spare gestures But the gestures need to be the beginning of something worthy.In the event, that one game composed by Knecht during his tenure as Top Official in Gameland gives us just enough detail to make clear, after most of the book has gone by, that what s actually happening here is a solo show Knecht has composed a complex exercise in advance, and now the other players are just acting it out, perhaps filling in some details at their own discretion but abiding by a predetermined structure Our one glimpse of the practical nature of the game has all the fanfare of a whoopee cushion The Game isn t actually a game Nobody s playing There are no objectives It s some sort of abstruse, very quiet performance art.A long book full of portentious self promotion but with nothing to say An elaborately wrapped present with no gift inside A big fat nothing Not the nothing of the Buddhist, who longs for nothing and seeks it, but that of the Wizard of Oz a nothing that noisily proclaims itself to be everything

  6. Becky says:

    I like Herman Hesse I like Siddhartha, I remember liking Steppenwolf, I like huge sagas that probe the mind I usuallylike weighty wordy novels where nothing in particular happens.I did not like the Glass Bead Game.I really did not like the Glass Bead Game.And I don t understand how people did.First of all, I ve gone through a lot of reviews I was about fifty percent through the book, bored out of my mind, and I started reading reviews trying to get some motivation to finish this tome I did I like Herman Hesse I like Siddhartha, I remember liking Steppenwolf, I like huge sagas that probe the mind I usuallylike weighty wordy novels where nothing in particular happens.I did not like the Glass Bead Game.I really did not like the Glass Bead Game.And I don t understand how people did.First of all, I ve gone through a lot of reviews I was about fifty percent through the book, bored out of my mind, and I started reading reviews trying to get some motivation to finish this tome I didn t find ANY First of all, everyone that gave it lots of stars either didn t write a review, or wrote a review that s literally a re writing of the synopisis from Wikipedia I m not trying to insinuate that they didn t really read it, or that they didn t really understand it, or even that they are trying to seem cool by giving a Nobel winning book a good star rating I m not insinuating that, but I have to wonder I didn t hardly find a single review that actually illuminated what that person actually enjoyed about the book Most reviews were along the lines of This story follows the life of Josef Knecht, who rose to become the youngest Master Ludi Or This book talks about elitism, intellectualism, and touches on Buddhism Ok But what did any of you THINK about that I mean, I know WHAT the book is about, I want to know if you enjoyed the presentation of those arguments, the story, did you agree or disagree There was nothing about that So, at 50% through, I stopped reading I have a rule, I usually give a book 100 pages to grab me, if it s a long book I ll give it 200 I gave this bookthan a fair shake, I even looked for reasons to keep going, but I don t think there are any.There is nothing in this book, that wasn t a total rehash of every other book that Hesse wrote So, here is my opinion this is a dull drab affair in which nothing happens I feel that there were some really interesting things that COULD have happened, or hell, even a treatise just on the ideals of the Glass Bead Game itself would ve beeninteresting I love the idea that the GBG is a synthesis of the knowledge and culture of mankind throughout history The Glass Bead Game is a design that is supposed to move this story forward, that is supposed to be the gravitational pull at the center of the book that all the words orbit around Instead it s nothing that s nearly so forceful it s shrouded in mystery, but not the interesting leaves you wondering days after the book kind, it s the oh you couldn t be bothered to actually figure it out kind That leaves Josef as the driving force of the book, but the only time he comes to life is when the actually interesting side characters come back into the book, like the Master of Music Josef is just a receptacle for the intervention of the other characters So basically this book is like 800 pages of reading about someone with the personality of a garbage can and about some marbles that aren t ever really described to you Good luck And, if you honestly DID, enjoy it, for the love of god tell me why, without summarizing the book If I hear a good enough argument I ll go back and finish it, but at this point, I have no faith that it gets any better, and I cannot force myself into it.Read Hesse s other books, they are muchenjoyable If you want something to touch your soul read Siddhartha

  7. Jan-Maat says:

    Second IntroductionI saw that a Goodreader commented on another review that they felt this was a book for young people, which caught my attention with a jolt because I had barely finished thinking that this was plainly a book written by an old man Which it was These are in no way contradictory notions, they even sit together as one of the themes of the bookmeaningful and meaningless cycle of master and pupil, this courtship of wisdom by youth, of youth by wisdom, this endless, oscillating g Second IntroductionI saw that a Goodreader commented on another review that they felt this was a book for young people, which caught my attention with a jolt because I had barely finished thinking that this was plainly a book written by an old man Which it was These are in no way contradictory notions, they even sit together as one of the themes of the bookmeaningful and meaningless cycle of master and pupil, this courtship of wisdom by youth, of youth by wisdom, this endless, oscillating game was the symbol of Castaliap207 First IntroductionSince I have had a second introduction it follows that I ought to really have a first one So here it is.Because we have a game in the title and playing this game is of some significance in the novel then that might be a place to start Another review mentioned the possibility that the game was a form of pure mathematics, while reading it occurred to me that it was a way of talking about fiction A game the reader and author play by themselves and that the author plays with the reader, not all games are equally amusing as one notices That led to the conclusion that the game was another game a McGuffin A thing that serves to get Cary Grant from New York to the middle of a wheat field so somebody can try to machine gun him from an aeroplane because somebody else thought it might look good on celluloid We simply have to accept it has no greater meaning than to be intrinsically meaningful to the characters even if no machine guns are involved view spoiler they are not, nor aeroplanes, but there is a car hide spoiler Or as one of the characters in one of the embedded stories might say illusion, illusion paragraph about playfulnessWe re kind of warned from early on that this is going to be a playful kind of book The author presents himself merely as the ever so humble editor of a biography written in the future of a fictional person Then we get an introduction from the actual author who denies the possibly of biography and tells us that we won t tell us about the game before telling us about the game, and who in passing mentions the absence of various sources, before leaping into the story in which the purported author seems to have omniscient knowledge of the imaginary subject of the story Finally we get some poems and short stories which we understand have been written by the subject of this biography and which thematically stand in some relation to the main text so, did I fall off my chair laughing No.Although I did laugh and once cry while reading the second of the short stories which is my favourite part of the whole book, apart from the ending of the main part of the text Further I noted that since the books on their shelf were fairly well compressed that some the pages had a fraternal desire to stay together, and significantly, that I wasn t much troubled by this should I read this book I don t much like shoulds, maybe you have read it, maybe you will read it, maybe you won t To misquote Voltaire when a rat on one of his Majesty s grain ships dies on the way from Egypt to Constantinople is the Sultan much troubled I m not sure when I first read this book, or why Rereading I found it uncompelling, but also I had the strong suspicion that I had absorbed a fair amount of the book into myself as thirsty soil sucks in water the first time round, and that I had creatively misremembered bits of it, specifically the second of the short stories which in grossly modified form I had told as a rambling anecdote on several occasions view spoiler as you can imagine I am not in great demand as an after dinner speaker hide spoiler Perhaps this is nothan to say I was not in the right state of mind to have read this novel at this time, but reading this novel may well prompt or encourage such a way of thinking about the world view spoiler Confused hide spoiler Third introduction, necessitated by the aboveJust as Sancho Panza taught that thee is a relationship between the story and the manner in which it is told so we might assume there is a relationship between how you start and how or indeed if you get to finish a tale One of the themes in this novel is world history, the relationship between a plant and the soil it grows in Ba Maybe I first read this book when I was a student When I was a student, I had no grey hairs, and also it seemed to me that people repeated the image of the ivory tower when talking about universities and the studious life, or maybe I was justattuned to that kind of speech as the time, to my amusement as I wandered view spoiler and wondered, which may have been while some of them didn t last particularly long hide spoiler through a variety of jobs and joblessness it struck me that each one was itself an ivory tower with its own God not always Mammon hierarchies and Priesthoods, sacred assumptions, peculiar idiocies, and character, admittedly one could regard professions like accountancy and the law as bridges between these towers, providing some helpful common concepts like illegality and bankruptcy, but these too were worlds of their own, journeying between worlds, as occasionally one has to, is like being an astronautI come in peace Take me to your leader Come, be welcome, drink of our corporate tea or coffee, accept one of our cheap biscuits as symbol of our contemptWhoops I m lost in reminiscences again Anyway, from a certain perspective the entire landscape is covered in ivory towers view spoiler which explains why elephants are so rare these days hide spoiler.What I was going to say, before I interrupted myself, was that this novel was finished in 1943 and imagines an ideal Utopian society, naturally the other side of a utopian society is a dystopian one And a place that calls itself Castalia, brings to mind Castile, the land of castles, and one has to wonder quite what do they want to lock themselves up away from What threatens them, why are they so defensive Indeed readingOur Castilia is not supposed to be merely an elite it ought above all to be a hierarchy, a structure in which every brick derives its meaning only from its place in the whole There is no path leading out of this whole, one who climbs higher is assigned to greater greater tasks does not acquirefreedom, only responsibilitiesp81 I could imagine O Brien from 1984 saying much the same kind of thing to one of his prot g es but then one of the themes of this book is the reconciliation and interrelationship of apparently contradictory elements What I was going to say, before I interrupted myself, was that this novel is a German novel written in what might have been a German century It is a kind of alternative for Germany, a continuation of Thomas Mann s vaunted unpoliticism at times when politics was pretty unavoidable Empire, Socialism, War, Cultural upheaval, Fascism, More war view spoiler it strikes me that in a profound way Hesses a achievement is charting a personal course that didn t sail through militarism, anti Semitism and the far right, but then read in the context of this novel his life would be a necessary counterpoint to the dominant Zeitgeist view spoiler and for all I know he might have been nasty to the people who loved him, and stole sweets from small children hide spoiler hide spoiler So what do you do, such was part of the soil that Hesse grew in, he knew Theodore Heuss who had been a follower of Max Weber view spoiler and this is a book about men and male relationships, fraternal, as well as master and apprentice hide spoiler Hesse had been close to C.G.Jung, so there is psychology, the iChing, alchemy, God, spiritual growth view spoiler but no skirt chasing hide spoiler Both Weber and Jung deeply interested in the east as offering ways out of the steel cage of the sonderweg of the development of the west so this novel features yoga and meditation as well as everything else, Reincarnation might be a theme too Hesse s utopia is an alternative Germany, federalism has led to a purely academic federal state, probably in the south west and apparently subsidised by the rest of the Union The novel plays with the relationships between the master and the apprentice, the teacher and the taught, the seduction or corruption of the young by the old as well as the reconciliation or alignment of apparently opposite elements An old Imperialist may well have written that East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet Hesse is a bitsensible and admits that once you have east, then you have to have west, and perhaps north and south too, that these things are separate, distinct and an inseparable whole all at the same time and that such a scheme can be carried across to analogous situations, which possibly can be represented in a Game which despite being the title of the book, is never explicitly described The principal character experiences his Castalia directly, then formally has to address himself to it and argue for it consciously as a utopia, then has to experience it as dystopia, then has to go forth and inherit the earthThe two tendencies or antipodes of his life, its Yin and Yang, were the conservative tendency towards loyalty, towards unstinting service of the hierarchy on the one hand, and on the other hand the tendency towards awakening , towards advancing, towards apprehending realityp257 The short stories in which the main character might be imagining other versions of himself, might be arguing that the reconciliation of opposites or the conflicting tugs we experience in life may not be resolvable in one life, but if one could or does live many lives then perhaps on average, they might even out, but one might need a certain set of skills to appreciate that in any one life in particular Writing and reading novels might be one of those skills.This exists on the great, sprawling family tree of books, reading I felt there was something I thought that I could mention in a review with regards to Tolstoy, but I can t remember what, the dialogue in the second of the two short stories reminded me, particularly in the childlike nature of much sin, of the Grand Inquisitor in The Brothers Karamazov another novel that the author claims he didn t write with a supposedly limited narrator who has apparently omniscient knowledge Conclusion view spoiler because if you introduce something then one has to conclude it too hide spoiler But as I said, I didn t fall off my chair laughing.Notes from reading view spoiler a war time novel is the glass bead game a way of talking about writing the mid 20th century novel incidentally, my respects to your Magister Ludi What letters he writesits again impossible to tell whether that is intended naively as bait,or meant ironically, or simply springs from an irresistible impulse to playact, stylize and embellish p166 so the Abbott responds to the letter from the Thomas Mann character.Vita.Framing devise, distancing Relationship between author and frames, how are we to think of the dialogues and details do we take these seriously or regard them as fictions with in a fiction Introduction denial of value of biography attempt at impossible Knecht servant and knight Joseph father and not father Reincarnation Meditation as a substitute Steppenwolf Writing the same novel tending towards the platonic novel Utopia, dystopia.castlia land of castles, retreat, security, strength implied threat Isolation and engagement Music Tradition and change.Interesting for different conceptions of time or differing timeframes in which characters operate hide spoiler

  8. Manuel Antão says:

    If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Hessian Fable The Glass Bead Game by Hermann HesseI read this in German a long time ago 2002 06 15.I suppose it depends on whether working through the difficulty brings you genuine insights into the human condition I m ashamed to say I ve only read one book on the list of The Best Books Ever Ulysses and enjoyed it I like modernism, and Joyce s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is one of my favourites Woolf is a bit daunt If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Hessian Fable The Glass Bead Game by Hermann HesseI read this in German a long time ago 2002 06 15.I suppose it depends on whether working through the difficulty brings you genuine insights into the human condition I m ashamed to say I ve only read one book on the list of The Best Books Ever Ulysses and enjoyed it I like modernism, and Joyce s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is one of my favourites Woolf is a bit daunting, but Mrs Dalloway is superb

  9. David Katzman says:

    Allow three stars to stand for my ambivalence Not for the quality of this book, which is indeed quite excellent.We live in a time of urgent political and environmental catastrophe Those of us who aren t evangelical Christians who put anti abortion judges before other social values those of us who aren t racists and don t fear immigrants those of us who aren t multi millionaires looking fortax breaks those of us who have not bought into the Republican party s propaganda machine recogni Allow three stars to stand for my ambivalence Not for the quality of this book, which is indeed quite excellent.We live in a time of urgent political and environmental catastrophe Those of us who aren t evangelical Christians who put anti abortion judges before other social values those of us who aren t racists and don t fear immigrants those of us who aren t multi millionaires looking fortax breaks those of us who have not bought into the Republican party s propaganda machine recognize the danger inherent in Trump The Republican party has been working its gradual gerrymandering way toward authoritarian control for a long time Right wing becomesright becomesright, each step leading to the next Trump dismisses the rule of law as an irritation that interferes with his goals He is the latest iteration of a journey into fascism, and if he s not defeated or removed from office then that journey will continue ever rightward At the same time, his party sees the environment as a resource to plunder Global warming is an illusion and nothing to worry about, not while there is money to be made In their shallow, greedy maneuvers they lead us off a precipice that may in fact be the downfall of civilization and much of our species.So why do I bring up these topics in relation to The Glass Bead Game In some ways as brilliantly written and erudite as this book is, it felt quaint to me It portrays a fictional country in some vague future where the primary concerns are intellectual matters The types of subjects that I discussed while getting my Master s degree in English Literature In essence, The Glass Bead Game is like being in an ahistorical, intellectual grad school program studying The Glass Bead Game And despite the fact that view spoiler the main character in the end rejects this world for the world of history and the struggles of humanity, hide spoiler the greatest majority of the book lives in this intellectual realm And yet here we live right now in the age of the brute If literature is to matter it must somehow relate to the core struggles of our age and in that this book misses the mark Those we struggle against right now are the rich barbarians who pursue ever greater wealth and power We do not struggle with convincing society s intellectuals to engagewith humanity These intellectuals are relatively irrelevant right now We struggle with political movements, the media, and power Who is Hesse writing to convince The professor of comparative literature or philosophy Is that his audience In a nutshell, reading The Glass Bead Game felt like fiddling while Rome burns The Glass Bead Game is primarily a fictional biography The story of the life of a great intellectual scholar, named Joseph Knecht sounds like connect as EM Forrester wrote, Only connect , who was a master, teacher and overseer of a game that is called The Glass Bead Game This game seems to be a bit like intellectual tennis A slow, live debate that crosses media from music to linguistics to math and other apolitical studies The debate is so slow paced that competitors meditate between responses We never actually see an example game, but it does sounds incredibly tedious and boring It s the kind of debate that Monty Python would have mercilessly mocked as they did with skits such as the Philosopher s World Cup game Plato is in goal, don t you know and The Philosophers Song I drink therefore I am Admittedly, at times, the excessive details of these theoretical intellectuals playing intellectual games became borderline comedic There were subtle touches of satire in The Glass Bead Game, but the overwhelming story was just so full of these obsessive intellectual thought processes that I found the actual content overwhelmed what may have been a satirical intent The debates are definitively and intentionally disconnected from history Notably, Knecht lives for several years in a Catholic monastery, and the abbot of the monastery, who becomes his friend, challenges him on this disconnection from history Accusing the scholars essentially of living in an abstract inhuman world Disconnected and unengaged from what really matters.I found it interesting to note that even when Hesse speaks about the abstract intellectual versus the dirty human realm of politics, he generally references the personal characteristics of leaders and needs of communities or countries vying for power In this realm he has invented, Hesse has completely obliterated political systems That is to say, ideologies and systems such as Capitalism, Socialism, Communism, Anarchism Even while acknowledging the ahistorical nature of Knecht s commonwealth positioned as being post war Hesse has presented the story itself in a strange political vacuum Trump would not be our President without the promotion of Fox News and other right wing online media outfits These forces are generally ignored in this story of the intellect versus the body, the life of the mind versus the life of politics.The Glass Bead Game in a way seems to be about connection Knecht as a theme, and how the game connects across categories and media But further, this game is also related to the fantasy of the Renaissance man that famed personality from the Renaissance who was able to learn everything that has ever been learned about all of the sciences and literature, was well read in every subject, and could speak on any topic extemporaneously This fantastical creature is now dismissed today as unimaginable because each of the disciplines is so deep that it would take a lifetime to delve into any single topic and still only scratch the surface Hence all the graduate level departments across the country But what I actually want to call attention to in this premise is not the fantasy of this conceit, but rather the use of the word man in this phrase There was never a Renaissance Woman And similarly, in The Glass Bead Game, it really began to bother me at about the halfway point that all of these intellectual scholars were male, and that in Hesse s fantasy, women were not permitted in this exclusive elite world Women are repeatedly positioned in the story as temptations They are objects that pull men from their higher aspirations In general, I found the overall context to be a disappointingly male dominant perspective One might call it anti feminist or at a minimum, Hesse presents a patriarchal system Marriage is portrayed as the man marrying the woman The students are generally desexualized, their situation being not unlike a seminary or a monks retreat, and there is no mention of homosexuality or any sexual acts Despite this criticism there is one very powerful social critique that occurs about three fourths of the way through the book When Knecht is considering leaving the scholarly order to pursue engagement with the greater world of humanity, he writes in a letter on the subject of political power which is rarely referenced in the story because politics is not supposed to intrude into this abstract scholarly world But here he pointedly and with foresight illuminates our current moment in time He notes how propaganda is the death of truth and that this results when a political power seeks to assert domination In just a few short paragraphs, it s as if he predicates the book 1984 and Donald Trump and the Republican party Hesse or Knecht speaks to the pursuit of truth which we might think of as meaningful journalism and how when men fail to pursue truth, they become diabolical Fox News Despite my overall distaste for the book, Hesse has his brilliant, insightful and powerful moments.One aspect of this story that links The Glass Bead Game to Siddhartha, Hesse s great work that occurs during the time of the Buddha s life, is the presence of meditation Meditation is something that the masters of this scholarly world are trained to participate in every day It is intended as a way to both soothe and calm their anxieties and to keep them productive In relationship to The Glass Bead Game itself, it s used as a tool to help them develop insight before responding It reminded me of the tension between Zen Buddhist meditation, which I participated in frequently when I was a member of a Zen temple, and how meditation is encouraged simply as a stress release tool by hipster Silicon Valley startups There s nothing wrong with that in my opinion, and in fact it s encouraged as a method for stress relief even by many respected Buddhist teachers And regardless of intention, when properly applied, meditation can be an accidental back door to enlightenment Meditation is worth doing in and of itself without any ideology associated with it yet because it is a practice it can lead to personal intimate experiences In The Glass Bead Game, we see it primarily as a tool that is almost the opposite of the way Buddha would suggest it The scholarly masters describe it as a way to submit your individuality to the hierarchy Whereas Buddha would say there is no hierarchy.I will conclude my review by touching on my own experience with graduate school I loved English Literature as an undergrad We read great books and discussed them as if they were meaningful Weighing what the author was trying to say and what the story was trying to communicate When I was in graduate school, 99% of my time was spent instead on analyzing critical theory We were theory analysts rather than literary analysts It was a snake eating its own tail An incestuous world of meaningless jargon Not only was Knecht trapped in this scholarly abstraction, but I felt that too much of The Glass Bead Game kept me, as a reader, trapped in this abstract intellectual realm My escape couldn t come too soon

  10. Stephen P says:

    This, his final novel makes it clear that all his works need to be read in their order as one edition leading up to his final life conclusion A man caught within the depths of thought striving for something beyond his sight captures his heroic journey through his written words.A different voice from the Hesse of my college days No longer redirecting my compass eastward toward a spirituality with a promise to enlarge consciousness This is a firm clear voice that looks back to arrive at an unde This, his final novel makes it clear that all his works need to be read in their order as one edition leading up to his final life conclusion A man caught within the depths of thought striving for something beyond his sight captures his heroic journey through his written words.A different voice from the Hesse of my college days No longer redirecting my compass eastward toward a spirituality with a promise to enlarge consciousness This is a firm clear voice that looks back to arrive at an understanding His own truth One ground and distilled from a life of thought But the voice wavers at times as the story foretold has a waver of its own.Joseph Knecht is selected as a student of promise As his achievements are recognized, much to his surprise and glee, he is selected to the highest consecration of the intellectually elite, Castalia Supported by the government those enrolled or encumbered in Castalia have in some way sworn to dedicate themselves to maintaining its well ordered hierarchy The hierarchy supplies Castalia with serenity, a static but comfortable stability, built to prevent any disordered flow of disruptive emotion while dedicated to a life of contemplation, research, study of any subject worthy of intellectual exploration.Is there any other of us who earlier in life didn t wonder, can t I just get paid for thinking Reading Come on, there must be somebody else Do I see a hand raised Joseph Knecht enjoyed learning for learnings sake Due to this, his steadfastness, lack of any ambition where it came to a rise in status, was hauled upwards into the higher brackets of the hierarchy where his tasks were no longer oriented around his passionate love for teaching, teaching especially the young As he left his friends behind in the world when he left for Castalia he now left his beloved profession Of course he dedicated himself to his new duties, gradually rising to a position so lofty it can barely be discerned by the outside world, in its abstract ether Magister Ludi The Magister Master of the Glass Beads Game The holy trinity exalted into blends of knowledge, philosophical thought, aesthetic creation, their intertwining, interweaving into the multitude of countless interstices The games as drawn up in competition are archived Abundant and frequently referred to, they are held with reverence The Glass Bead games not only singles out the best players but insures the continous enlargement of consciousness, wisdom, knowledge The world wonders, as the intellectual elite of Castalia expects, what good is pure intellectual pursuit for the sake of pure intellectual pursuit Castlia is repulsed by the sordid life of the working class with their lack of curiosity, non questioning obeisance to the trifles of meaningless conventions and dully repeated jokes their ant like drive to follow whoever is in front of them in the long endless moving line to avoid any flint of individuality lurking around dark corners in danger of being lit.Castalia readily points out, in the current twenty third century, it was properly born from the previous years of conflict and destruction evolving into a means of avoiding such an occurrence Indeed there has not been.Knecht himself isn t positive what the connection is or if there is one He and his colleagues, in their monk like quasi religious life, having sacrificed any iota left of individuality to the order, preserving the knowledge of what to do and how to behave in all circumstances, the comfort of effacing stability, also follow what they are told However, with the stamp of elite buried in their brow they are held and hold themselves in a higher status.Do they contribute except for responses to papers written and studies summarized within their hallowed halls The resounding answer within these halls is, of course we do The pure pursuit of truth is always elevated to the highest Besides, dealing with life in the world is a lower pursuit and one not worthy of following Understanding that the world and its production enables Castalia to exist, does not alter their view The world with its bustling jobs based on fear and ambition thinks the same of Castalia.And where is Knecht Hesse s skill as a novelist is shown in his ability to dramatize this rather than lecturing The dramatization is furthered by attention to detail and the apt planting of narrative seeds barely recognized at first, then the enjoyment of its first lucid buds and flowerings thereafter.Ha TheI write thethere is to be said in this glass bead game of my own that I have created and fallen into Let it be said this was Hesse s last novel and its ending is immense It was an honor to be in The Glass Beads Game presence, in the presence of Hesse

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