Leaving behind the medieval monastary of Mariabronn at the urgings of his instructor, Narcissus, Goldmund embarks on a fantastic journey to recapture his past and discover his future. Reprint.
A story of a spiritual quest is set in the Middle Ages. Brother Narcissus, a monk at Mariabronn Abbey, serves as an adviser to Goldmund, a student at the Abbey School. Goldmund is attracted to the monastic life, but Narcissus suggests that he is unsuited for it and urges him to pursue a life in the world. Goldmund leaves the Abbey and becomes a woodcarver. Many years after he has achieved fame as an artist, he returns to the Abbey to die. The duality of body and mind, and the inevitable conflict between them, is at the center of the novel.