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The book, Hesse's ninth novel, was written in German, in a simple, lyrical style. It was published in the U. Hesse dedicated the first part of it to Romain Rolland  and the second part to Wilhelm Gundert, his cousin. In this book, the Buddha is referred to as "Gotama".
Siddhartha is a novel by Herman Hesse first published in Read a Plot Overview of the entire book or a chapter by chapter Summary and Analysis. See a complete list of the characters in Siddhartha and in-depth analyses of Siddhartha, Govinda, and Vasudeva. Here's where you'll find analysis about the book as a whole. Find the quotes you need to support your essay, or refresh your memory of the book by reading these key quotes.
Siddhartha, the handsome and respected son of a Brahmin, lives with his father in ancient India. Everyone in the village expects Siddhartha to be a successful Brahmin like his father. Siddhartha enjoys a near-idyllic existence with his best friend, Govinda, but he is secretly dissatisfied. He performs all the rituals of religion, and he does what religion says should bring him happiness and peace. Nonetheless, he feels something is missing. His father and the other elders have still not achieved enlightenment, and he feels that staying with them will not settle the questions he has about the nature of his existence. Siddhartha believes his father has already passed on all the wisdom their community has to offer, but he longs for something more. One day, a group of wandering ascetics called Samanas passes through town.