The Magic Theatre, is a major theme in Hermann Hesse’s surrealistic tenth novel entitled, The Steppenwolf (German: Der Steppenwolf), which was originally published in Germany in 1927, and soon thereafter translated into English in 1929.
The novel is a surrealistic fusion of autobiographical personal experiences, Jungian symbolism and psychoanalytic elements, it is also heavily utilised the philosophy of the far East, of which Hesse was enamoured with. The story can be seen as being a creative catharsis, which had been initiated by a profound suicidal crisis in Hesse’s spiritual life during the 1920’s.
The book is very Faustian of style, whose principle character of a Faust is otherwise called Harry Haller, who attends an Anarchist Evening at the Magic Theatre, which is For Madmen Only, the Price of Admission, Your Mind.
When entering the Magic Theatre, Haller is soon ushered into a number of alternate Earth’s, each of which he…