Rosshalde Author:Hermann Hesse, Ralph Manheim (Translator) Rosshalde, Hermann Hesse's fourth novel, was originally published in 1914, three years after his first journey to the East. It tells the story of a world-famous painter, Johann Veraguth, and of the process of self-discovery that ultimately permits him to break loose and seek an authentic life in India. — By most people's standards, Veraguth's wea... more »lth and position define him as a happy man, but he has been trapped in an empty marriage and all but destroyed by it. Within the walls of his idyllic estate, Rosshalde, he and his wife live physically and spiritually apart. Pierre, their seven-year-old son, passes between them, though no meaningful word ever does.
Veraguth's love for Pierre is the force that imprisons him at Rosshalde. Otto Burkhardt, his beloved old friend, makes him see that he must change his life for his soul's sake, but it is tragedy that finally liberates Veraguth and leads him out into the world, free of his stifling past, free to realize himself. Now he can set out for the East, where, he dreams, "a new atmosphere, pure and free from guilt and suffering, will envelope him."
Rosshalde has had the good fortune of being translated by Ralph Manheim, winner of the 1970 National Book Award for translation. his unsurpassable rendering of this prophetic novel closes the gap for American readers of Hesse, a significant gap between his first three novels (Peter Camenzind, Beneath the Wheel, Gertrude) and the later novels 'Narcissus and Goldmund' and 'The Journey to the East'.« less