Press Release: Steppenwolf


Herman Hesse

Translated by David Horrocks
Illustrated by Dan Hillier

‘Existential masterpiece’
The Times

Isolated from modern life and hiding from his past, Harry Haller is tormented by the sense that he is two beings in one body: the savage ‘wolf of the steppes’, and his intellectual human self. Unable to force his dual natures to coexist, suicide appears to offer his only path to peace. However, when he is given a pamphlet that seems intimately familiar with his innermost struggles, it prompts a life-affirming spiritual awakening – via a hallucinatory exploration of the physical self.

Celebrated artist Dan Hillier has provided the artwork and binding design for this, the only illustrated edition of Steppenwolf in print. As well as the compelling images capturing Harry’s dual nature and his urban isolation, Hillier also worked closely with Folio’s award-winning production team on a special insert, bound within the book. Crafted to recreate the iconic pamphlet that ultimately leads Harry on his hallucinatory journey, the insert features cover designs by Hillier, and is printed on a specially-chosen coated paper and set in a purposefully distressed typeface to mark it apart from the rest of the book.

After Hermann Hesse’s troubled first marriage fell apart, he too moved away from his family, choosing to isolate himself, and Steppenwolf’s realistic and poignant depiction of despair is grounded in this experience. Adopted by the counter-culture movement in the 1960s in part due to its positive outlook on sex and drugs, Steppenwolf has become a key modernist text, continuing to find significance with those who feel themselves to be outsiders. Hesse himself felt that it was the most ‘violently misunderstood’ of his novels and in his postscript, included in this edition, he seeks to remind future readers that for all its strangeness, Harry’s journey is ultimately one of recovery.

Product information
Bound in printed and blocked thermo-reactive paper. 208 pages with 32-page pamphlet insert. Black & white title page illustration, black & white illustrated tract cover. Printed and spot-varnished endpapers. 9˝ x 5¾˝.

UK £34.95 US $51.95 Can $69.95 Aus $69.95



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