Siddhartha (Paperback)

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    This classic of twentieth-century literature chronicles the spiritual evolution of a man living in India at the time of the Buddha—a spiritual journey that has inspired generations of readers. Here is a fresh translation from Sherab Chodzin Kohn, a gif...

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    Hermann Hesse was born in 1877 in Calw, Germany. He was the son and grandson of Protestant missionaries and was educated in religious schools until the age of thirteen, when he dropped out of school. At age eighteen he moved to Basel, Switzerland, to work as a bookseller and lived in Switzerland for most of his life. His early novels include Peter Camenzind (1904), Beneath the Wheel (1906), Gertrud (1910), and Rosshalde (1914). During this period Hesse married and had three sons.

    During World War I Hesse worked to supply German prisoners of war with reading materials and expressed his pacifist leanings in antiwar tracts and novels. Hesse's lifelong battles with depression drew him to study Freud during this period and, later, to undergo analysis with Jung. His first major literary success was the novel Demian (1919).

    When Hesse's first marriage ended, he moved to Montagnola, Switzerland, where he created his best-known works: Siddhartha (1922), Steppenwolf (1927), Narcissus and Goldmund (1930), Journey to the East (1932), and The Glass Bead Game (1943). Hesse won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946. He died in 1962 at the age of eighty-five.
    This classic of twentieth-century literature chronicles the spiritual evolution of a man living in India at the time of the Buddha—a spiritual journey that has inspired generations of readers. Here is a fresh translation from Sherab Chodzin Kohn, a gifted translator and longtime student of Buddhism and Eastern philosophy. Kohn's flowing, poetic translation conveys the philosophical and spiritual nuances of Hesse's text, paying special attention to the qualities of meditation experience. This edition also includes an introduction exploring Hesse's own spiritual journey as evidenced in his journals and personal letters.

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    ISBN 9781570627217
    Genre FICTION / Literary
    Format Paperback
    Pages 119
    Publisher Date 2000-09-01 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Shambhala Pubns
    Height 9.0 in
    Wdth 6.0 in
    Thickness 0.25 in
    Unit weight 0.55 lb
    Language English
    Series Name Shambhala Classics
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Hesse, Hermann

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    • One of my all-time favorites

      I've always loved this gorgeous book, and have given at least two of my personal copies away to people I knew enjoyed it as well. This copy is particularly special because I read it at my dear aunt's side as she was dying of lung cancer. We got all the way to the last chapter before she passed, and I am going to read that chapter, "Govinda" at her services. This is a beautiful, meaningful, thoughtful book; a quick and easy read, and written in poetic prose with lovely imagery and flowing translation. My only issue was with the shipping - I didn't realize that it was being shipped via USPS, and so waited longer than I had expected. But the quality of the book was excellent, as are all of my Overstock purchases.

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