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Siddhartha (first published in 1922) is a novel based on the early life of Buddha, inspired by the author's visit to India before the First World War. The novel is about the young brahmin Siddhartha's search for self-realization. Disturbed by the contradictions between his comfortable life and the harsh reality around him, he takes to the life of a wanderer. But the shunning of all temptation in an ascetic life does not give him a sense of fulfilment either. Despairing of his condition, he goes to the riverbank, sitting there quietly. And then in the silence, he is able to hear himself, his inner self. In the end, he grasps the wholeness of life, experiencing the sense of fulfilment and wisdom that come with it. Written in a simple style, Siddhartha is considered a classic work dealing with the profound questions of human life
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HERMANN HESSE (1877-1962) was one of the great literary figures of the twentieth century. Born in Calw to a Protestant family, he later rebelled against the classical education that he had received in Swabian monastery schools. Hesse began working as a locksmith and a bookseller, and later took to writing as a profession. Settled in Switzerland, he travelled to various countries, including India. Politically, Hesse was opposed to German militarism, for which he was condemned by the Nazi government. In recognition of his contribution to literature, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1946. His other classic works include Steppenwolf and The Glass Bead Game.

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