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Wandering: Notes and Sketches


Publisher:Farrar Straus & Giroux



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About the book:

Hermann Hesse (1877-1962) composed his little book Wanderung: Aufzeichnungen as fiction, but it reads as autobiography, as do most of his little sketches wherein a personable narrator reveals his convoluted emotions. Wandering finds the fictional narrator at a psychological crossroads, and Hesse's clear, simple, and heartfelt prose makes the book a a candid and attractive reflection. The book is divided into 13 named chapters and almost as many poems completing each section; the sketches of the named sites are in color in the original German edition. The chapters chronicle a day's thoughts on a walking journey between southern Germany and northern Italy -- essentially Switzerland, where Hesse was to become a citizen in a few short years, disillusioned by his homeland and the recent war. The wanderer passes houses, trees, farms, skies. The pithy thoughts of our narrator are often insightful -- at least insightful into a solitary's soul. The unnumbered chapters are here examined closely,numbered for clarity. The English translation reproduces the original color sketches in black and white.

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