Siddhartha, a Brahmin's son, is clever and well loved, yet increasingly dissatisfied with the life that is expected of him. Setting out on a spiritual journey to discover a higher state of being, his quest leads him through the temptations of luxury and wealth, the pleasure of sensual love and the sinister threat of death dealing snakes, until eventually, he comes to a river. There a ferryman guides him towards his destiny and to the ultimate meaning of existence. Inspired by Herman Hess's profound regard for Indian transcendental philosophy and written in prose of graceful simplicity, Siddhartha is one of the most influential spiritual works of the twentieth century.
About the Author
Hermann Hesse's romantic vision of life, steeped in the tenets of both psychoanalysis and Eastern religion, produced a strikingly original view of man and culture. His twin themes were the struggle and isolation of the artist and the reconciliation of the dual nature of reality. Siddhartha, like Hese's other protagonists, must undergo the arduous process of self-discovery to reconcile his warring halves and find harmony and peace.