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Siddhartha (original 1922; edition 2002)

by Hermann Hesse

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Member:Smiler69
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, Literary Fiction, Bildungsroman, Buddhism, Philosophy, Existentialism, Religion, Spirituality, India, Nobel Prize, 1001 Books, Read in 2002, Sold

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Siddharta by Hermann Hesse (1922)

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Non mi ha convinto per niente, anzi l'ho letto perché si gridava al capolavoro ma non mi ha lasciato proprio niente. Come ho letto "ci siamo passati tutti e siamo andati oltre"
  cloentrelibros | Aug 23, 2016 |
A philosophical account of a man's life passage through his questions and transformations at different stages. ( )
  niquetteb | Aug 13, 2016 |
Inspiring and evocative
as ideals of the 60's generation were
being romanticized and validated by
ancient Vedic traditions

Nevertheless is a celebration of humanity
and the enduring desire to transcend
this physicality and the limits of time
to pursue enlightenment

Soft and endearing narrative that takes us
into the heart of eastern traditions to contrast
not only our western surroundings
but our rationality as well
  SPARDUDA | Jul 25, 2016 |
This was a difficult read for me. It was boring and I really disliked the main character, Siddhartha. It's considered one of the most widely read books of the 20th century as it became a favorite of the counterculture of the 1960s and had been on my list for a while. Now, that's taken care of...lol.

From the book's Introduction: "Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha is a great story, a tale of a gifted individual struggling to discover the meaning of his life. Through his many colorful adventures, he does not settle for conventional answers, but experiences the whole range of human possibilities for himself and comes finally to profound insight and vast compassion." ( )
  bhabeck | Jul 17, 2016 |
To say this is a beautiful book is to understate the peace and calm with which rings throughout Hesse's patient prose. It may be a short book, but it is best digested slowly and thoroughly over a long period of time. Reading it was a tranquil, meditative experience. Few authors are able to capture spiritual awakening with words, but "Siddhartha" comes close. Very close. I will read this book again someday. ( )
  voncookie | Jun 30, 2016 |
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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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Hesse, Hermannprimary 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
Iyer, PicoForewordsecondary 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.
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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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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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