by Hermann HesseTranslated by Hilda Rosner
Hesse's third novel is told by the composer Kuhn, who achieves success in his artwhen he comes under the sway of two artists -- Heinrich Muoth, a melancholy and self-destructive opera singer, and the beautiful and delightful Gertrude. More than a lovestory, this novel might be considered a romance about that calamity of the spirit called"the creative process." Hesse's masterly handling of these interweaving themes onceagain proves his uncanny genius.The Hesse PhenomenonWhy has one European writer, Hermann Hesse, captured the imagination andloyalty of a whole generation of Americans? Because he is a vital, spiritual force, theWestern man most profoundly in touch with the East -- its mysticism, its culture, itssacred visions. For this generation, Hesse represents a belief in the individual life thatmust be defended against the hordes and the ways of the modern world.
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