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Wonderful book but don't buy this version,
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This review is from: Siddhartha (Paperback)
Siddartha by Herman Hesse is a utterly beautiful creation. I can't better the good things that have been written about it so I won't try.
This translation is, however, a poor one. It feels like a year 1 undergraduate translation project. Very unusually there are 5 translators mentioned at the start of the book. I'm guessing each took every 5 sentence. Here's an example from page 2:
"To reach this place, the self, myself, the Atman, there was another way, which was worthwhile looking for?
It doesn't make sense with a question mark. It's nnot the only bit of poor translation and I've only reached page 6, sadly. This book is a poor translation. There are better translations out there which preserve the beauty and rigour of the original writing.