Rosshalde by Hermann Hesse

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Hermann Hesse, 'Rosshalde,' published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, first published in 1914, this copy is the second printing of 1970. 

Rosshalde is a 213 page softcover measuring 8" x 5 1/4".  The cover has surface wear and rubbing to the cover and spine.  There is an old price tag on the front cover.  There is a large chip to the back cover.  Inside, the pages are tanning but unmarked.  The condition is good. 

Book Summary

Rosshalde, Herman Hesse's fourth novel, was originally published in 1914, three years after his first journey to the East.  It 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' 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 set out for the East, where he dreams, "a new atmosphere, pure and free from guilt and suffering, will envelope him."

Library of Congress Catalog Card Number:  75-97612