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  • Siddhartha, Buddha
  • Siddhartha, Buddha
  • Hermann Hesse, German author


    Nobel Prize Literature 1946, German author, humanitarian ideals

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  • back cover Siddhartha
  • Hermann Hesse Buddha
  • Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha, Kamala
  • Hermann Hesse, Calw
  • Hermann Hesse, Heckenhauer, Tübingen
  • Buddha Gautama
  • Ficción histórica
  • Religión y espiritualidad
  • Novelas
  • life of Buddha
  • Indian spirituality
  • life cycle
  • human awareness
  • self-discovery
  • spiritual journey
  • sanskrit
  • illumination
  • materialistic pursuits
  • India
  • om
  • mysticism
  • freedom of mind
  • nirvana
  • awakening




Considered by many as the modern version of the New Testament, the novel written by the German Nobel Prize Hermann Hesse represents an antidote to the suffering of our lives and is based on Eastern mysticism and the life of Siddhartha (better known as Buddha) who achieved the state of complete enlightenment through knowledge. The novel represents the best example against unilateral thoughts, false idealism and utopias that keep manipulating human beings in order to maintain interests of a view and that everyone, independently of their race, gender, social class, religion or culture share a common aim: freedom of mind.

The fictitious biography starts with the childhood of Siddhartha who, after having assimilated his father´s wisdom in ancient India, decides to begin with a spiritual journey that aims to release him from his sense of unease and anguish. At this stage he is already aware of the fact that his urge of searching for a meaning will be ending the day when he stops searching at all. He therefore joins a group of ascetics who find in their withdrawal of anything material and in the vacuity of feelings and physical and emotional needs a way to anesthetize their sufferings and the path towards freedom  of mind. This experience finally does not satisfy his urge for nirvana and he is strongly influenced by the dazzling and calm personality of Buddha Gotama who sees in acceptance of life as a cyclic whole and in the resignation to stop searching, desiring and imitating the path to reduce suffering. Siddhartha, nevertheless, needs to get through unique and personal experiences of Gotama´s certainties and enters a rebirth of complete consciousness. During this existential stage he gets introduced into physical and emotional materialism and his happiness is supported by three thoughts: thinking, waiting and fasting. At the age of forty he senses a lack of passion for his work and his life: money does not make him happy and he starts having negative feelings towards aging and death. He has a strong feeling of senselessness and gets aware of the fact that he has never shared with other human beings their materialistic views that he considers to be totally empty of spiritual fulfillment. On the other hand he has given up the search for a divinity that could guide him through life. Although having enjoyed each minute of his life, he feels tired and tempted by suicide. In this state of mind he joins a wise ferryman who gets spiritually inspired by the river. It is here where Siddhartha learns through his unexpected fatherhood to love without boundaries and without the certainty to be loved in return. This experience leads him to the conclusion that life is a continuous cycle where now he has to suffer his son´s disregard the same way his father had to suffer it because of him and where every feeling and experience is a mere illusion. At this point Siddhartha´s learning culminates and he becomes a Buddha after a long way of apprenticeship: he has finally learned to accept the world in all its complexity and diversity with the strong belief that for every true statement there is an opposite one that is also true, and that therefore a fix belief does not account for the fullness of truth. He now lets life flow like a river which course has to be accepted. He stops obstinately searching for happiness and indoctrination by powerful masters but he obtains knowledge and wisdom by interacting with plain people and by his own experiences.







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  • Bantam
  • Idioma English
  • Traducción: Hilda Rosner
  • 160 páginas
  • Formato Soft cover
  • ISBN 978-0553208849

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