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Steppenwolf

by Hermann Hesse, 1927

Harry Haller, a middle-aged intellectual, moves into a lodging house in a medium-sized, generic town, which is never named. Despairing and melancholy, Harry feels himself to be "a wolf of the Steppes," or "Steppenwolf," adrift and alone in a world that is incomprehensible to him and offers him no joy. Steppenwolf recounts Harry's pain and anxiety as he tries to overcome his crippling sense of dislocation and despair at the futility of humanity.