89 The Bookshelf / La bibliothèque Of Eduardo Valencia-Ospina* “No hay libro tan malo que no tiene algo bueno” 1 – Cervantes, Don Quixote , Part II, Chapter 3 To select the two or three books on my bookshelf that have had the most impact on my conduct in life inevitably brings me back to the formative period of my late teens and early twenties. At that time, while primarily occupied with intellectual and physical fitness pursuits, I could embark on a course of personality development beyond the narrow confines of the social and cultural environment prevailing in my native South American land. Such a course had, of necessity, to be grounded in a process of inner discovery, that I could rapidly advance with precious help from the writings of Herman Hesse, the Swiss/German Nobel Literature Prize winner. Specially meaningful proved to be his Demian, Siddhartha and Steppenwolf, read in sequence in the same order of progressive self-knowledge in which he had writ- ten them. To the extent that, as some critics have argued, Hesse might be characterized as a fantasy writer, albeit an interior one, it is no coincidence that another such writer, Miguel de Cervantes, would
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