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Siddhartha: A Novel by Hermann Hesse
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Siddhartha: A Novel (original 1922; edition 1982)

by Hermann Hesse (Author)

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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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Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse (Author) (1922)

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Last read in the 1970s when Hesse was very trendy. Re-reading in 2020s has been an experience. The book doesn't quite hold up to my memories. Rather than being deep and very meaningful, I found it to be a simple short saga of the stages of life. The oriental mysticism no longer seems deep, but the book is not without wisdom.
So, a nice read, but not the answer to question of the meaning of life! ( )
1 vote mbmackay | Nov 24, 2021 |
Yawn ( )
  dualmon | Nov 17, 2021 |
It is a book that drives the reader to have the same revelation that the protagonist has, a philosophical buddhist maxim.
Siddharta is obviously the precursor of Stepdenwolf, and reading that book made me have a more clair vision about this one, wich is amazing. The Stepenwolf is a german townman version of Siddhartha.

Esse livro é muito interessante por guiar o leitor a ter a mesma revelação que o protagonista tem, revelação esta que é a máxima do budismo Indiano, julgado o legítimo por muitos dos críticos da época do lançamento do livro.
Sidarta é claramente um precursor filosófico do Lobo da Estepe, que tem uma redescoberta existencial durante todo o livro, tornando-se uma versão citadina do Sidarta. Ler este livro me proporcionou um entendimento melhor do Lobo da Estepe. ( )
  gabrielbckr | Oct 25, 2021 |
A bit short but I was told to pause at the end of every chapter (which I did) to fully absorb the work. I appreciated it but I think I would have liked it more had I "studied" it. A pretty good read. ( )
  nosborm | Oct 10, 2021 |
If you can, read this book in the original German. It makes all the difference, in my opinion. ( )
  katethegreat44 | Sep 21, 2021 |
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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, HermannAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Appelbaum, StanleyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bamji, FirdousNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bernofsky, SusanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Binkhuysen, A.M.H.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brice, SilvijaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Coelho, PauloIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cunningham, KeithCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Heberlein, AnnPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Holmberg, NilsTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Iyer, PicoForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kohn, Sherab ChödzinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kuhn, HeribertContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lesser, RikaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mila, MassimoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.
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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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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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Chi è Siddharta? È uno che cerca, e cerca soprattutto di vivere intera la propria vita. Passa di esperienza in esperienza, dal misticismo alla sensualità, dalla meditazione filosofica alla vita degli affari, e non si ferma presso nessun maestro, non considera definitiva nessuna acquisizione, perché ciò che va cercato è il tutto, il misterioso tutto che si veste di mille volti cangianti. E alla fine quel tutto, la ruota delle apparenze, rifluirà dietro il perfetto sorriso di Siddharta, che ripete il "costante, tranquillo, fine, impenetrabile, forse benigno, forse schernevole, saggio, multirugoso sorriso di Gotama, il Buddha, quale egli stesso l'aveva visto centinaia di volte con venerazione". Siddharta è senz'altro l'opera di Hesse più universalmente nota. Questo breve romanzo di ambiente indiano, pubblicato per la prima volta nel 1922, ha avuto infatti in questi ultimi anni una strepitosa fortuna. Prima in America, poi in ogni parte del mondo, i giovani lo hanno riscoperto come un loro testo, dove non trovavano solo un grande scrittore moderno ma un sottile e delicato saggio, capace di dare, attraverso questa parabola romanzesca, un insegnamento sulla vita che evidentemente i suoi lettori non incontravano altrove.
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