Siddhartha: An Indian Tale (A Black Eagle Books World Classic)

Siddhartha: An Indian Tale (A Black Eagle Books World Classic)

by Hermann Hesse
Siddhartha: An Indian Tale (A Black Eagle Books World Classic)

Siddhartha: An Indian Tale (A Black Eagle Books World Classic)

by Hermann Hesse


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Siddhartha is the most important and adorable work of the Nobel Laureate Herman Hesse. This was nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read. Originally published in 1922, Siddhartha has been translated by many translators and published by many publishers from time to time.

As the son of a Brahmin, Siddhartha enjoys comfort and privilege while sequestered in his home village. However, as he grows older, his heart is moved by a burning desire to acquire wisdom and new experiences. Telling his father his intentions, Siddhartha and his childhood friend, Govinda, leave the safety of home to join the Samanas, a group of wandering ascetics.

As Hermann Hesse's novel unfolds, we follow Siddhartha in his search for meaning and truth in a world of sorrow and suffering. Drawing on both Hindu and Buddhist teachings, Siddhartha expertly explores the tension between the doctrinal dictates of organized religion and the inner promptings of the soul. As Siddhartha grows older, a fundamental truth gradually becomes apparent both to him and to us: there is no single path to self-growth, no one formula for how to live life. Hesse challenges our ideas of what it means to lead a spiritual life, to strive after and to achieve meaningful self-growth through blind adherence to a religion, philosophy, or indeed any system of belief.

We should, rather, seek to seize hold of the reality of each moment, which is always new, alive, and forever changing. Hesse uses the potent symbol of a river to convey this sense of vibrancy and flux. The particular brilliance of this novel is the way in which its profound message is delivered through a prose that flows as naturally and shimmeringly as the surface of the river beside which Siddhartha spends the final years of his life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781645604396
Publisher: Black Eagle Books
Publication date: 09/12/2023
Pages: 142
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.33(d)

About the Author

Hermann Hesse (July 2, 1877-August 9, 1962) was a German poet and writer. Known for his emphasis on the spiritual development of the individual, the themes of Hesse's work are largely reflected in his own life. While popular in his own time, especially in Germany, Hesse became hugely influential worldwide during the 1960s countercultural movement and is now one of the most translated European authors of the 20th century. His works include Demian (1919), Siddhartha (1922), Steppenwolf (Der Steppenwolf, 1927), The Glass Bead Game (Das Glasperlenspiel, 1943). His awards include the Nobel Prize in Literature (1946), Goethe Prize (1946), Pour la Mertie (1954).
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