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Siddhartha (original 1922; edition 2002)

by Hermann Hesse

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Title:Siddhartha
Authors:Hermann Hesse
Info:Shambhala (2002), Edition: New Ed, Hardcover, 192 pages
Collections:Read, Read but unowned, Given Away/Sold
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Tags:20th Century, Fiction, German Literature, Literature, Bildungsroman, Buddhism, Philosophy, Existentialism, Religion, Spirituality, India, Nobel Prize, 1001 Books, Read in 2002, Sold

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Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse (1922)

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I suppose I can see why the hippies of the late 60's embraced this little book -- it's very spiritual but not in a very practical way. I don't know that any real-world applications could come of it, but it still made a nice story. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 24, 2014 |
Sad fiction story of a guy torn between his ascetic roots and life experiences. Did not care to interpret meaning of any of the events. ( )
  Michael.Bradham | Oct 6, 2014 |
Great book to read! ( )
  IanRichard | Sep 27, 2014 |
This book has been on my shelves for quite some time, but I became even more interested in it when I learned that it is one of the few books Andrew has read that I have not! So it was an easy inclusion for my TBR pile challenge, and to be the first I read from that list.

My livejournal friends predicted I would like this book, and they were right. Really, what I knew about Buddhism is mostly limited to what I read in a year's subscription to Tricycle magazine, and reading the first two books in Osamu Tezuka's Buddha series. (I really need to get the next one!) That is to say -- not much.

Siddhartha is a very enjoyable, fairly quick read. Like the title character, I've come from an intellectual background and would like to believe that the secret of life could be taught by book or by some great teacher, but suspect also that it must be lived. Though as a mother, I am frustrated by the repeated teachings of detachment by Western Buddhist men. Perhaps I should seek out a Buddhist mother as an example. Or I could simply acknowledge that I am not Buddhist and move on. Or perhaps, like Siddhartha, I need to live in the muck of attachment a while longer, and hope that lesson is realized in my life at a later date.

It is a beautiful book with lovely ideas. I will definitely keep it on my shelf to reread at a later date. ( )
  greeniezona | Sep 20, 2014 |
Simple. Elegant. Something I wish I had discovered when I was younger. This book opened me up to Demian, also by Hesse, which I'm discovering is absolutely amazing. ( )
  waelrammo | Sep 14, 2014 |
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[It] attempts to postulate an answer to the riddle of man's confused and contradictory existence in this universe.
 

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Hermann Hesseprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Appelbaum, StanleyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bernofsky, SusanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Binkhuysen, A.M.H.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Heberlein, AnnPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Holmberg, NilsTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kohn, Sherab ChödzinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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(German)

Lieber, verehrter Romain Rolland!

Seit dem Herbst des Jahres 1914, da die seit kurzem angebrochene Atemnot der Geistigkeit auch mir plötzlich spürbar wurde, und wir einander von fremden Ufern her die Hand gaben, im Glauben an dieselben übernationalen Notwendigkeiten, seither habe ich den Wunsch gehabt, Ihnen einmal ein Zeichen meiner Liebe und zugleich eine Probe meines Tuns und einen Blick in meine Gedankenwelt zu geben. Nehmen Sie die Widmung des ersten Teiles meiner noch unvollendeten indischen Dichtung freundlichst entgegen von Ihrem

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In the shade of the house, in the sunshine of the riverbank near the boats, in the shade of the Sal-wood forest, in the shade of the fig tree is where Siddhartha grew up, the handsome son of the Brahman, the young falcon, together with his friend Govinda, son of a Brahman.
(Spanish)
En la penumbra y bajo el Sol, al margen del río y cerca a las barcas; a la sombra del bosque de Sauces, creció Siddhartha, el bello hijo del brahmán, el joven halcón, compañero de Govinda, amigo suyo y también hijo de un brahmán.
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Im Schatten des Hauses, in der Sonne des Flußufers bei den Booten, im Schatten des Salwaldes, im Schatten des Feigenbaumes wuchs Sidartha auf, der schöne Sohn des Brahmanen, der junge Falke, zusammen mit Govinda, seinem Freunde, dem Brahmanensohn.
Dal verbo suchen (cercare) i Tedeschi fanno il participio presente, suchend, e lo usano sostantivato, der Suchende (colui che cerca), per designare quegli uomini che non s'accontentano della superficie delle cose, ma d'ogni aspetto della vita vogliono ragionando andare in fondo, e rendersi conto di sé stessi, del mondo, dei rapporti che tra loro e il mondo intercorrono. Questo cercare che è già di per sé un trovare, come disse uno dei più illustri fra questi «cercatori», e precisamente Sant'aAgostino; quel cercare che è in sostanza vivere nello spirito.
NOTA INTRODUTTIVA
Nell'ombra della casa, sulle rive soleggiate del fiume presso le barche, nell'ombra del bosco di Sal, all'ombra del fico crebbe Siddharta, il bel figlio del Brahmino, il giovane falco, insieme all'amico suo, Govinda, anch'egli figlio di Brahmino.
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Kamaswami: "... And what is it now what you've got to give? What is it that you've learned, what you're able to do?"
Siddhartha: "I can think. I can wait. I can fast."
Kamaswami: "That's everything?"
Siddhartha: "I believe, that's everything!"
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Siddhartha is het verhaal van een brahmanenzoon die zijn leven wijdt aan het zoeken naar het ware zelf. Als asceet in de bergen mediteert en vast hij, maar vindt de waarheid niet. Zwervend als bedelmonnik hoort hij spreken over de Boeddha, maar ook de grote Meester kan hem de waarheid niet geven. Dan stort hij zich in het wereldse leven, wordt minnaar van de courtisane Kamala, verwerft rijkdom en bezit, totdat hij voelt hierin ten onder te zullen gaan; en opnieuw wordt hij bedelaar.

Geleid door het heilige Om komt Siddhartha ten slotte aan de grote rivier, symbool van harmonie en vergankelijkheid. In de hut van de oude veerman leert hij de wereld der dingen lief te hebben en te begrijpen.

'Van een steen kan ik houden, en ook van een boom of een stuk schors. Het zijn tastbare zaken, en van wat tastbaar is kan men houden. Maar van woorden kan ik niet houden. Daarom zie ik niets in een leer.'

Zo is Siddhartha van asceet en bedelmonnik, levensgenieter en rijkaard teruggekeerd tot de eenvoud van een kind: hij heeft de harmonie, het eeuwige Om gevonden.

Hermann Hesse (1877-1962) ontving in 1946 de Nobelprijs voor Literatuur. Tot zijn beroemdste romans horen Demian, De steppewolf, Narziss en Goldmund en Het Kralenspel.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553208845, Mass Market Paperback)

In the novel, Siddhartha, a young man, leaves his family for a contemplative life, then, restless, discards it for one of the flesh. He conceives a son, but bored and sickened by lust and greed, moves on again. Near despair, Siddhartha comes to a river where he hears a unique sound. This sound signals the true beginning of his life -- the beginning of suffering, rejection, peace, and, finally, wisdom.

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In the novel, Siddhartha, a young man, leaves his family for a contemplative life, then, restless, discards it for one of the flesh. He conceives a son, but bored and sickened by lust and greed, moves on again. Near despair, Siddhartha comes to a river where he hears a unique sound. This sound signals the true beginning of his life-- the beginning of suffering, rejection, peace, and, finally, wisdom.… (more)

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