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Hermann Hesse

Trees

Edited by Volker Michels. With colour photographs by Dagmar Morath and drawings by Hermann Hesse
(German title: Bäume)
ca. 131 pages
Clothbound
2014
Hermann Hesse
Foto: Hermann Hesse
© Gret Widmann

Hermann Hesse, born in Calw/Württemberg in 1877, died in Montagnola near Lugano, Italy, in August 1962. After an apprenticeship to become a bookseller, he began to work as a freelance author in 1904. In 1946, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, and 1955 the Friedenspreis des Deutschen Buchhandels (Peace Prize of the German Book Trade). He is one of the most famous German authors of the 20th century.

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The classic work – with new photographs

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To Hermann Hesse, trees are symbols that coalesce with memories, symbols of evanescence and rebirth, but also of »all growth, all libidinal, natural life, all insouciance and proliferous fertility«. To him, they are the mirror of the seasons, the landscapes and the environmental conditions of their habitat. In their age rings and connations we can see »all the battles, all the suffering, all the disease, all the fortune and prosperity«. And their presence can be incredibly comforting: »If we are sad and unable to bear life, a tree can speak to us: Be quiet! Be quiet! Look at me! Life is not easy, life is not hard. … Home is neither here nor there. Home is within you, or nowhere.«

Hermann Hesse’s observations and poems about trees are Insel Verlag’s most successful anthology. Now, for the first time, this bestseller is presented as a clothbound gift edition and with new colour photographs.

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