The new note so clear in Demian was 1st sounded,
Hesse believed, in some of these tales written during 1913-18, the period that brought him into conflict with supporters of the war, with his country & its government, with conventional intellectual life, with every form of orthodoxy both in the world & in himself. Unlike his earlier work, from Peter Carmenzind thru Knulp, the stories in Strange News from Another Star don’t allow for an essentially realistic interpretaion. They are concerned with dream worlds, the subconscious, magical thinking & the numinous experience of the soul. Their subject is the distilling of wisdom. The stories are “Augustus”, “The Poet”, “Flute Dream”, “Strange News from Another Star”, “The Hard Passage”, “A Dream Sequence”, “Faldum” &–perhaps the masterpiece of the collection–“Iris”.
Strange News from Another Star تأليف Hermann Hesse