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Siddhartha (Penguin)

by: Hesse, Hermann

Publisher: Penguin ()

$16.00

Staff Pick by comrade: Eve

This is one of a handful of books that I can read cover to cover in one sitting. The novel's themes of loss, change, adaption, and acceptance make it an indispensable First Aid Kit for the soul.

Siddhartha is perhaps the most important and compelling moral allegory our troubled century has produced. Integrating Eastern and Western spiritual traditions with psychoanalysis and philosophy, this strangely simple tale, written with a deep and moving empathy for humanity, has touched the lives of millions since its original publication in 1922. Translated by Joachim Neugroschel Introduction by Ralph Freedman