1951 SIDDARTHA Hermann Hesse Clothebound Slipcase Fifth Printing
1951 First Edition SIDDARTHA by Hermann Hesse clothebound edition with slipcase. Nineteenth paperback or fifth printing of clothebound by New Directions written in English. Slipcase has small nick. The book is in excellent condition.
Siddartha was first written in 1922 by Hermann Hesse and it deals with the spiritual journey of a man named Siddhartha during the time of the Gautama Buddha. The book, Hesse's ninth novel, was written in German, in a simple, lyrical style. As the novel unfolds, we follow Siddhartha in his search for meaning in a world of sorrow and suffering. Drawing on both Hindu and Buddhist teachings, Siddhartha expertly explores the tension between the doctrinal dictates of organized religion and the inner promptings of the soul. The book was at one point banned by a school district in Texas due to certain parts of its plot involving the birth of a child out-of-wedlock and encounters with prostitutes. If you are a collector of banned books, this controversial novel is an excellent addition to your library.