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Hermann Hesse - Author

About the Author

Hermann Hesse was born in Claw, Germany in 1877. As a child he lived for a time in Basle. He spent a short period studying at a seminary in Germany but soon left to work as a bookseller in Switzerland. From 1904 he devoted himself to writing. After a first volume of verse (1899), Hesse established his reputation with a series of lyrical romantic novels - Peter Camenzind (1904), Unterm Rad (1906) Gertrud (1910) and the short story, Knulp (1915).

After a visit to India in 1911 he moved to Switzerland and worked for the Red Cross during the First World War. He was denounced in Germany and settled permanently in Switzerland, where he established himself as one of the greatest literary figures of the German-speaking world. His humanity, his searching philosophy developed further in such novels as Siddartha (1922), Der Steppenwolf (1927), Narziss und Goldmund (1930) and Das Glasperlenspeil (1943), while his poems and critical writings won him a leading place among contemporary thinkers. Hesse won many literary awards, including the Nobel Prize in 1946. He died in 1962, shortly after his eighty-fifth birthday.

Thomas Mann said of him 'For me his lifework, with its roots in native German romanticism, for all its occasional strange individualism, its now humorously petulant and now mystically yearning estrangement from the world and the times, belongs to the highest and purest spiritual aspirations and labours of our epoch.'

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Nachbarn

Nachbarn

Author: Hermann Hesse Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2019

Aus Indien

Aus Indien

Author: Hermann Hesse Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2019

Schoen ist die Jugend, zwei Erzaehlungen

Schoen ist die Jugend, zwei Erzaehlungen

Author: Hermann Hesse Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2019

Siddhartha An Indian Tale

Siddhartha An Indian Tale

Author: Hermann Hesse Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/05/2019

Gertrude

Gertrude

Author: Hermann Hesse Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/03/2019

Gertrude and I

Gertrude and I

Author: Hermann Hesse Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/11/2018

Gertrude and I

Gertrude and I

Author: Hermann Hesse Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/11/2018

If the War Goes On . . . Reflections on War and Politics

If the War Goes On . . . Reflections on War and Politics

Author: Hermann Hesse Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2018

Herman Hesse remained clear-sighted and consistent in his political views and his passionate espousal of pacifism and the bloody absurdity of war from the start of the First World War to the end of his life. He wrote the earliest essay in this book in September 1914, before he cemented his fame with the novels Steppenwolf and Siddhartha, and continued writing a stream of letters, essays and pamphlets throughout the war. In his native Germany his views earned him the labels 'traitor' and 'viper', but after World War II he was moved to reiterate his beliefs in another series of essays and letters. If the War Goes On . . . resonates as strongly today as it did when originally published and begs the question: have our politicians learnt nothing in the last seventy years?

Siddhartha

Siddhartha

Author: Hermann Hesse, W K Marriott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2018

Siddhartha

Siddhartha

Author: Hermann Hesse, W K Marriott Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/10/2018

Gertrude and I

Gertrude and I

Author: Hermann Hesse Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/10/2018

Siddhartha

Siddhartha

Author: Hermann Hesse Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2018

Siddhartha

Siddhartha

Author: Hermann Hesse, SBP Editors Format: eBook Release Date: 21/09/2018

Siddhartha is an allegorical novel by Hermann Hesse which deals with the spiritual journey of an Indian boy called Siddhartha during the time of the Buddha. The book was written in German, in a simple, yet powerful and lyrical style. It was first published in 1922, after Hesse had spent some time in India in the 1910s.The story revolves around a young man who leaves his home and family on a quest for the Truth. Embarking on a journey that takes him from the austerities of renunciation to the profligacy of wealth. That leads him through the range of human experiences from hunger and want, to passion, pleasure, pain, greed, yearning, boredom, love, despair and hope. A journey that leads finally to the river, where he gains peace and eventually wisdom. This is the story of Siddhartha as told by Nobel Laureate Hermann Hesse in his most influential work.Hermann Hesse:Hermann Hesse (b. 1877) was a German-born Swiss poet and author, best known for writing the novels Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946. His themes focus on mans struggle to break away from the rigid structures of civilization and follow his essential and inner spirit. For this, Hesse became a literary cult figure.

Siddhartha

Siddhartha

Author: Hermann Hesse Format: eBook Release Date: 12/09/2018

Siddhartha is an allegorical novel by Hermann Hesse which deals with the spiritual journey of an Indian boy called Siddhartha during the time of the Buddha. The book was written in German, in a simple, yet powerful and lyrical style. It was first published in 1922, after Hesse had spent some time in India in the 1910s. The story revolves around a young man who leaves his home and family on a quest for the Truth. Embarking on a journey that takes him from the austerities of renunciation to the profligacy of wealth. That leads him through the range of human experiences from hunger and want, to passion, pleasure, pain, greed, yearning, boredom, love, despair and hope. A journey that leads finally to the river, where he gains peace and eventually wisdom. This is the story of Siddhartha as told by Nobel Laureate Hermann Hesse in his most influential work. Hermann Hesse:Hermann Hesse (b. 1877) was a German-born Swiss poet and author, best known for writing the novels 'Steppenwolf', 'Siddhartha', and 'The Glass Bead Game'. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946. His themes focus on man's struggle to break away from the rigid structures of civilization and follow his essential and inner spirit. For this, Hesse became a literary cult figure.

Siddhartha (Best Navigation, Active TOC)(Feathers Classics)

Siddhartha (Best Navigation, Active TOC)(Feathers Classics)

Author: Hermann Hesse, Feathers Classics Format: eBook Release Date: 22/08/2018

This book contains now several HTML tables of contents that will make reading a real pleasure!Siddhartha is an allegorical novel by Hermann Hesse which deals with the spiritual journey of an Indian boy called Siddhartha during the time of the Buddha. The book, Hesse's ninth novel, was written in German, in a simple, yet powerful and lyrical, style. It was first published in 1922, after Hesse had spent some time in India in the 1910s. It was published in the U.S. in 1951 and became influential during the 1960s. The word Siddhartha is made up of two words in the Sanskrit language, siddha (gotten) + artha (meaning or wealth). The two words together mean "e;one who has found meaning (of existence)"e; or "e;he who has attained his goals"e;. The Buddha's name, before his renunciation, was Prince Siddhartha Gautama, later the Buddha. In this book, the Buddha is referred to as "e;Gotama"e;

Knulp

Knulp

Author: Hermann Hesse Format: eBook Release Date: 16/08/2018

Die drei Geschichten aus dem Leben des Landstreichers Knulp, einem Nachfahren von Eichendorffs "e;Taugenichts"e;, zahlen zu den reizvollsten Stucken der fruhen Prosa Hermann Hesses. In der Folge seiner Werke gehoren sie zum groen Zyklus seiner "e;Gerbersau"e;-Erzahlungen, der uns das Leben in einer schwabischen Kleinstadt um die Jahrhundertwende am Beispiel zahlreicher charakteristischer und grotenteils authentischer Einzelschicksale uberliefert.