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Hermann Hesse (1877–1962) was a German-Swiss novelist and poet whose work explored nature and the search for meaning beyond the confines of society. His best-known novels include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game, for which he won the 1946 Nobel Prize in Literature.
One must find the source within one’s own Self, one must possess it. Everything else was seeking — a detour, error.
He ceased to see his friend Siddhartha’s face. In its stead he saw other faces, many, a long series, a flowing river of faces, hundreds, thousands, which all came and went, and yet all seemed to be there at once, which all constantly changed and became new ones, and yet were all Siddhartha.
After a period of cold fog had given way to sunny days brightened by late bluebells and cool, ripe blackberries, the winter suddenly set in. First, three days of bitter cold; then, as the cold abated, a fast, heavy snowfall.