By Hermann Hesse

By the Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature A book--rare in our arid age--that takes root in the heart and grows there for a lifetime.


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Book Information

Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date: 01/17/1957
Pages: 128
ISBN-13: 9780811200684
ISBN-10: 081120068X
Language: English

Full Description

In the novel, Siddhartha, a young man, leaves his family for a contemplative life, then, restless, discards it for one of the flesh. He conceives a son, but bored and sickened by lust and greed, moves on again. Near dispair, Siddhartha comes to a river where he hears a unique sound. This sound signals the true beginning of life - the beginning of suffering, rejection, peace and, finally, wisdom.

About the Author

Hermann Hesse was born in 1877 in Calw, Germany. He grew to become a celebrated author and the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1946. As the son of missionaries, he developed a fascination with self-discovery and spiritual explorations, an interest also likely due in part to his lifelong struggle with depression, which led him to study Sigmund Freud and, later, to undergo psychoanalysis with Carl Jung.

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