Siddhartha emerged as a symbol; the symbol of those who seek truth–their own truth.

—Paulo Coelho

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. The name “Siddhartha” is often given to the Buddha himself––perhaps a clue to Hesse’s aims contrasting the traditional legendary figure with his own conception.

This new edition of the classic Siddhartha includes The Dhammapada (“Path of Virtue”), the 423 verses attributed to the Buddha himself, which forms the essence of the ethics of Buddhist philosophy.

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Paperback (published September 1, 2009)

ISBN
9780811218504
Price US
11.95
Price CN
13
Trim Size
5x7
Page Count
184

Ebook (published September 1, 2009)

ISBN
9780811219761
Price US
11.95
Page Count
184

Paperback (published January 1, 1951)

ISBN
9780811200684
Page Count
128

Hermann Hesse

Herman Hesse was a German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter who received the 1946 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Siddhartha emerged as a symbol; the symbol of those who seek truth–their own truth.

—Paulo Coelho

I felt like Hermann Hesse was describing my own interior and exterior struggles.

—James Franco

One could even hope that Hesse’s readers are hungrily imbibing Siddhartha, and that they will be so wisely foolish as to live by it.

Chicago Tribune

In Siddhartha the setting is Indian and we encounter the Buddha, but the author’s ethos is still closer Goethe….

The Washington Post Book World

Delight in Hesse signifies a new delight in human mysteries, in life’s possibilities, in the power of the will and the pleasures of the imagination.

Nation