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Hermann Hesse s classic novel "Siddhartha" has delighted, inspired, and influenced generations of readers, writers, and thinkers. Though set in a place and time far removed from the Germany of 1922, the year of the book s debut, the novel is infused with the sensibilities of Hesse s time, synthesizing disparate philosophies Eastern religions, Jungian archetypes, Western individualism into a unique vision of life as expressed through one man s search for meaning. It is the story of the quest of Siddhartha, a wealthy Indian Brahmin who casts off a life of privilege and comfort to seek spiritual fulfillment and wisdom. On his journey, Siddhartha encounters wandering ascetics, Buddhist monks, and successful merchants, as well as a courtesan named Kamala and a simple ferryman who has attained enlightenment. Traveling among these people and experiencing life s vital passages love, work, friendship, and fatherhood Siddhartha discovers that true knowledge is guided from within. Susan Bernofsky s magnificent new translation brings out Hesse s inspired lyricism and his elegant, melodious cadences, illuminating the novel s universal themes and timeless wisdom about the human condition. This original Modern Library edition includes a lively new Introduction by Tom Robbins and a glossary of Indian terms."

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Product details

  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 114.3 x 188 x 25.4mm | 204.12g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0679643362
  • 9780679643364
  • 100,562

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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 despair, Siddhartha comes to a river where he hears a unique sound. This sound signals the true beginning of his life -- the beginning of suffering, rejection, peace, and, finally, wisdom.

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About Hermann Hesse

Herman Hesse is the author of Siddhartha, Steppenwolf, and The Glass Bead Game. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946.

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