Gertrude by Hermann Hesse
A Novel

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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. 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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Hermann Hesse was born in 1877. His books include Siddhartha, Steppenwolf, Narcissus and Goldmund, and Magister Ludi. He died in 1962.
Published December 21, 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 245 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance, History. Fiction

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All of Hesse's novels are studies in self-perfection set against more or less timeless philosophical phantasmagoria, highly stylized and symbolic as in Demian, Siddhartha, and Narcissus and Goldmund, or merely implicit and rather homey as in Beneath the Wheel and Gertrude.

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