Gertrude

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With Gertrude, Herman Hesse continues his lifelong exploration of the irreconcilable elements of human existence. In this fictional memoir, the renowned composer Kuhn recounts his tangled relationships with two artists?his friend Heinrich Muoth, a brooding, self-destructive opera singer, and the gentle, self-assured Gertrude Imthor. Kuhn is drawn to Gertrude upon their first meeting, but Gertrude falls in love with Heinrich, to whom she is introduced when Kuhn auditions them for the leads in his new opera. ...

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Gertrude: A Novel

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Overview

With Gertrude, Herman Hesse continues his lifelong exploration of the irreconcilable elements of human existence. In this fictional memoir, the renowned composer Kuhn recounts his tangled relationships with two artists—his friend Heinrich Muoth, a brooding, self-destructive opera singer, and the gentle, self-assured Gertrude Imthor. Kuhn is drawn to Gertrude upon their first meeting, but Gertrude falls in love with Heinrich, to whom she is introduced when Kuhn auditions them for the leads in his new opera. Hopelessly ill-matched, Gertrude and Heinrich have a disastrous marriage that leaves them both ruined. Yet this tragic affair also becomes the inspiration for Kuhn’s opera, the most important success of his artistic life.

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"One of the defining spirits of our century."—Ralph Freedman

"Hesse is a writer of suggestion, of nuance, of spiritual intimation."—The Christian Science Monitor

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312424633
  • Publisher: Picador
  • Publication date: 8/1/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 294,808
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Hermann Hesse was born in Germany in 1877 and later became a citizen of Switzerland. As a Western man profoundly affected by the mysticism of Eastern thought, he wrote novels, stories, and essays bearing a vital spiritual force that has captured the imagination and loyalty of many generations of readers. His works include Steppenwolf, Narcissus and Goldmund, and The Glass Bead Game. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1946. Hermann Hesse died in 1962.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2001

    More Than Just a Book About a Girl

    This is a great book. I first picked it up because I wanted a quick read, but this short book has loads of great quotes and can also serve as a pseudo-philosophy book. You will feel sympathy for the main character, Kuhn, and those of you who are unlucky in love can relate.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2000

    AN UNSUNG MASTERPIECE

    This is one of his early novels and in my mind, up there amongest his very best. In his usual manner he weaves flesh and bood out of words, and tells a tale of human dillemas to which there are no answers for. If anyone can find analysis of this book I would be very appreciate if you might tell me were to find it. Enjoy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    The greatest book in the world

    It is a cool story so you gotta read so you can rate it so do it and you'll believe it so trust me!!!!;-)

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