Friday, October 21, 2016

Hermann Hesse ~ "The Glass Bead Game"

 Excerpt from The Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse (1943)
(Translated from the German by Richard and Clara Winston)

“Joseph Knecht was an excellent teacher; the profusion of copies of his lectures which have come down to us would alone provide evidence for that.  Among the surprises that his high office brought him right from the start was his discovery that teaching gave him so much pleasure.  Of course, like every member of the elite, he had occasionally been given teaching assignments for short periods, even while he was merely an advanced student.  At the time, his greatest ambition had been to be a good pupil, to learn, receive, form himself.

“Now the pupil had become a teacher, and as such he had mastered the major task of his first period in office:  the struggle to win authority and forge an identity of person and office.  In the course of this he made two discoveries.  The first was the pleasure it gives to transplant the achievements of the mind into other minds and see them being transformed into entirely new shapes and emanations – in other words, the joy of teaching.

“The second was the grappling with the personalities of the students, the attainment and practice of authority and leadership – in other words, the joy of educating.  He never separated the two, and during his magistracy he not only trained a large number of good and many superb Glass Bead Game players, but also by example, by admonition, by his austere sort of patience, and by force of his personality and character, elicited from a great many of his students the very best they were capable of.”

Artwork from Dreams and Travels ~ The Art of Masha Falkov "The Gods of the Glass Bead Game."




2 comments:

  1. One of my all-time favorite books. The title I originally read it under was Magister Ludi (Master of the Game), but The Glass Bead Game is an exact translation of the German title, Das Glasperlenspiel. Sometimes the story is difficult to follow, but... Love it!

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  2. One of my all-time favorite books. The title I originally read it under was Magister Ludi (Master of the Game), but The Glass Bead Game is an exact translation of the German title, Das Glasperlenspiel. Sometimes the story is difficult to follow, but... Love it!

    ReplyDelete