Siddhartha

Siddhartha

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Siddhartha is a novel by Hermann Hesse that deals with the spiritual journey of self-discovery of an Nepali man named Siddhartha during the time of the Buddha. The book, Hesse's ninth novel (1922), was written in German, in a simple, lyrical style. It was published in the U.S. in 1951 and became influential during the 1960s. Hesse dedicated Siddhartha to his wife Meiner Frau Ninon gewidmet and supposedly afterwards to Romain Rolland and Wilhelm Gundert. The word Siddhartha is made up of two words in the Sanskrit language, siddha (achieved) + artha (meaning or wealth), which together means 'he who has found meaning (of existence)' or 'he who has attained his goals'. In fact, the Buddha's own name, before his renunciation, was Siddhartha Gautama, Prince of Nepal. In this book, the Buddha is referred to as 'Gotama'. The story takes place in ancient India around the time of Gotama Buddha (likely between the fourth and seventh centuries BCE).

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