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- Steppenwolf opens with a preface by a young businessman who introduces a sheaf of notes left behind by a lodger in his attic rooms several years before This young man the landladys nephew describes the eccentric lodger Harry Haller who called himself a Steppenwolf meaning in German a wolf of the steppes or plains The narrator finds this an odd but apt description of the shy lonely wanderer who revealed little about himself but left a haunting memory The preface recounts Harrys arrival and the narrators several encounters with him- on the stairs at a concert and an art lecture and in a tavern He has decided to publish Harry Hallers records although he cant say whether the experiences it relates were real or fictitious Hallers records subtitled For Madmen Only begin with a walk in the dusk after a boring day The walk takes Harry into an imaginary world by way of a flickering sign an appearing and disappearing little door in a church wall and a peddler with a placard advertising Magic Theater- Entrance Not For Everybody The peddler hands Harry a pamphlet and vanishes in his room again Harry examines the pamphlet It is called Treatise on the Steppenwolf and is a second portrait of Harry a psychological one this time It analyzes Harry as inwardly half man and half wolf two selves in constant conflict It describes Harrys struggle to be himself which has resulted only in greater loneliness It explains to Harry the role of the
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