Hermann Hesse

Hermann Hesse

In 1946, the great German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter Hermann Hesse received the Nobel Prize in Literature. His most popular and enduring work, Siddhartha—written in prose of almost biblical simplicity and beauty—recounts a soul’s quest for an answer to the enigma of man’s role on earth.

Siddhartha / The Dhammapada

Fiction by Hermann Hesse Buddha

Translated by Hilda Rosner

Written in a prose of almost biblical simplicity and beauty, Siddhartha is the story of a soul’s long quest for the answer to the enigma of man’s role on earth. As a youth, the young Indian Siddhartha meets the Buddha but isn’t content with the disciple’s role. He must work out his own destiny––a torturous road on which he experiences a love affair with the beautiful courtesan Kamala, the temptation of success and riches, the heartache of struggling with his own son, and finally, renunciation and self-knowledge.…
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