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.

Siddharta

by Hermann Hesse

Translated by Hilda Rosner

Here the spirituality of the East and the West have met in a novel that enfigures deep human wisdom with a rich and colorful imagination. Written in a prose of almost biblical simplicity and beauty, it is the story of a soul’s long quest in search of he ultimate answer to the enigma of man’s role on this earth. As a youth, the young Indian Siddhartha meets the Buddha but cannot be content with a disciple’s role: he must work out his own destiny and solve his own doubt―a tortuous road that carries him through the sensuality of a love affair with the beautiful courtesan Kamala, the temptation of success and riches, the heartache of struggle with his own son, to final renunciation and self-knowledge.…
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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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