by Hermann Hesse


Fiction from Peter Owen Publishers
Translated from German

Siddhartha is a short novel about the life and spiritual journey of one man in ancient India, seemingly a simple tale told in a simple, lyrical style. But together with an uncanny empathy for his characters and often awe-inspiring human insight, Hesse displays mastery of the profoundest themes: the reader attains total immersion in a truly gripping quest for enlightenment, making this one of the great literary experiences.

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Peter Owen Publishers | Hardcover | 224 pages
Publication date: 08 August 2012

This limited hardback edition of Siddhartha marked the 50th anniversary of the death of one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century, Hermann Hesse, and the abiding influence of a great work. This beautifully-bound deluxe edition incorporates the universally loved Hilda Rosner translation, an extended essay on the life and legacy of Hesse and the creation of Siddhartha by Jon Hughes, Senior Lecturer in German at the University of London, a foreword by Pico Iyer plus other features making this a collector’s item for many years to come.

HERMANN HESSE (1877-1963) is counted among the leading thinkers of the twentieth century. Born in Germany and raised in a Black Forest town, he rebelled against a stern monastic education, he worked as a locksmith and a bookseller before embarking on a 65-year writing career. Having traveled as far as India, he settled in Switzerland in 1911 in opposition to German militarism. Awarded the Nobel Prize in 1946, he died in 1963 aged eighty-five.

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