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Beneath the Wheel

Beneath the Wheel

By Hermann Hesse 
Translated by Michael Roloff

In Hermann Hesse's Beneath the Wheel, Hans Giebernath lives among the dull and respectable townsfolk of a sleepy Black Forest village. When he is discovered to be an exceptionally gifted student, the entire community presses him onto a path of serious scholarship. Hans dutifully follows the regimen of study and endless examinations, his success rewarded only with more crushing assignments. When Hans befriends a rebellious young poet, he begins to imagine other possibilities outside the narrowly circumscribed world of the academy. Finally sent home after a nervous breakdown, Hans is revived by nature and romance, and vows never to return to the gray conformity of the academic system.

192 pages
Picador Publishing, 2003
Originally Published in 1906
8.2 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
ISBN 9780312422301

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