Based on Hermann Hesse's own troubled domestic life, Rosshalde is the classic story of a man torn between obligations to his family and his longing for a spiritual fulfillment that can only be found outside the confines of conventional society. Johann Veraguth, a wealthy, successful artist, is estranged from his wife and stifled by the unhappy union. Veraguth's love for his young son and his fear of drifting rootlessly keep him bound within the walls of his opulent estate, Rosshalde. Yet, when he is shaken by an unexpected tragedy, Veraguth finally finds the courage to leave the desolate safety of Rosshalde and travels to India to discover himself anew.
"Shimmers with the vitality of richly imagined existence."—The Atlanta-Journal Constitution
"A kind of disguised biography, and account of Hesse's quite private turmoil on the eve of the war."—The Christian Science Monitor