By Hermann Hesse
Translated by James Wright
“Hesse is a writer of suggestion, of nuance, of spiritual intimation.”—Christian Science Monitor
“One of the defining spirits of our century.”—Ralph Freedman, Princeton University
Few American readers seem to be aware that Hermann Hesse, author of the epic novels Steppenwolf and Siddartha, among many others, also wrote poetry, the best of which the poet James Wright has translated and included in this book. This is a special volume—filled with short, direct poems about love, death, loneliness, the seasons—that is imbued with some of the imagery and feeling of Hesse’s novels but that has a clarity and resonance all its own, a sense of longing for love and for home that is both deceptively simple and deeply moving.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008
Originally published in 1971
5.7 x 0.3 x 8.2 inches