Gertrude A Novel

Hermann Hesse; Translated by Hilda Rosner




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With Gertrude, Hermann Hesse continues his lifelong exploration of the irreconcilable elements of human existence. In this fictional memoir, the renowned composer Huhn 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.


Praise for Gertrude

"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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  • Hermann Hesse; Translated by Hilda Rosner

  • Hermann Hesse (1877-1962), the German novelist, essayist, and poet, is universally considered one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. His works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and Narcissus and Goldmund. Hesse was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1946.

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