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Hermann Hesse: A Life
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Hermann Hesse: A Life

Post by: Kabita

 “If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us.” 

 - Hermann Hesse



Famous for his most popular masterpiece, Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse was born on July 2, 1877. He was also a poet and painter. His other works are Beneath the Wheel, Freund, Peter Camenzind, Demian, Der Steppenwolf, Journey to the East, Gertrud, Out of India, Narcissus and Goldmund, The Glass Bead Game and Knulp among other works.


Hesse was born in Calw in the former German Empire. He grew up in Basel in Switzerland. He attended the Evangelical Theological Seminary of Maulbronn Abbey. He demonstrated an early early interest in writing essays and translating Greek poetry to German. He loved music too. However, he suffered from a personal crisis and he began to grow rebellious. He tried to commit suicide after which he was institutionalized. His book titled Beneath the Wheel was inspired by his experiences at the seminary.


Hesse was a recipient of many awards including Goethe Prize,  Bauernfeld-Preis, Nobel Prize in Literature, Peace Prize of the German Book Trade and Pour le Merite among others. His books have also been adapted into well-known movies including Siddhartha, Zachariah, Steppenwolf, Ansatsu and Kinderseele. He died in 1962.

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