Hardback Modern Library (Hardcover)

By (author) Hermann Hesse

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 114mm x 188mm x 25mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 17 August 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0679643362
  • ISBN 13: 9780679643364
  • Sales rank: 77,718

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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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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.