Tag Archives: Hermann Hesse

The Beauty of Siddhartha’s Weaknesses

PICO IYER   ‘I can think, I can wait, I can fast.’ As an innocent fifteen-year-old, incarcerated in a fifteenth-century boarding-school in suburban Berkshire, I scribbled down those words upon my first encounter with Siddhartha and felt transformed. How could … Continue reading

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Cased Classics

Introducing an eye-catching series of special hardback editions – the Cased Classics. We have teamed up with some of Britain’s best and most promising contemporary artists whose work will feature printed paper-over-board beneath our elegant die-cut jackets. Classic fiction has … Continue reading

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Hermann Hesse – Rare Items and Classic Books

In 1954 Peter Owen famously bought the UK English translation rights to Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha from his American colleague James Laughlin at New Directions for £25. Hesse was then virtually unknown in the English-speaking world and Peter was both prescient … Continue reading

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Some Celebs Who Like Our Authors

I’m sure, with our list, our authors have plenty more celebrity admirers, but here’s just an interesting selection: Both Giorgio Armani and Manchester United’s Juan Mata are big fans of Hermann Hesse. David Gray’s album, Mutineers, was directly influenced by Tarjei Vessas’s … Continue reading

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