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rosshalde by hermann hesse translated by ralph manheim

Rosshalde by Hermann Hesse; Translated by Ralph Manheim.

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New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1970. First American edition. Stated "First printing, 1970" on the copyright page. Hardcover. 213 pages ; 22 cm. $5.50 dust jacket. No markings to pages. Binding is firm.


HERMANN HESSE
Rosshalde
Translated by Ralph Manheim

Hermann Hesse's fourth novel—originally published in 1914, three years after his first journey to the East—has never before appeared in English.

Rosshalde tells the story of a world-famous painter, Johann Veraguth, and of the process of self-discovery that ultimately permits him to break loose and seek an authentic life in India. By most people's standards, Veraguth's wealth and position define him as a happy man, but he has been trapped in an empty marriage and all but destroyed by it. Within the walls of his idyllic estate, Rosshalde, he and his wife live physically and spiritually apart. Pierre, their seven-year-old son, passes between them, though no meaningful word ever does.

Veraguth's love for Pierre is the force that imprisons him at Rosshalde. Otto Burkhardt, his beloved old friend, makes him see that he must change his life for his soul's sake, but it is tragedy that finally liberates Veraguth and leads him out into the world, free of his stifling past, free to realize himself. Now he can turn his back on Rosshalde and set out for the East, a committed wanderer. There, he dreams, "a new atmosphere, pure and free from guilt and suffering, will envelop him."

After waiting fifty-five years to be made available in English, Rosshalde has had the good fortune of being translated by Ralph Manheim. His unsurpassable rendering of this prophetic novel closes a gap for American readers of Hesse, a significant gap between his first three novels (Peter Camenzind, Beneath the Wheel, Gertrude) and the later novels Narcissus and Goldmund and The Journey to the East.


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