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Gertude (Peter Owen Modern Classic) Paperback – 7 Jan 2002
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Gertrude is very teutonic in its music, its agonies and its solemnity. Yet it would be a pity to miss this book it has such a rare flavour of truth and simplicity. --Stevie Smith, Observer
Brooding teutonic power . . . the musical detail is extraordinarily well done. --Times Literary Supplement
Whether or not one accepts the philosophy implicit in this tale, there is no question of the beauty and artistry of its telling. --Scotsman
With characteristic insight and penetration, Hermann Hesse explores the destructive nature of human love. As a sensitive, disabled young composer, the narrator is drawn to a sensual singer named Gertrude through their mutual love of music. Gradually he becomes engulfed by an enduring and hopeless passion for her but, because of his fear of arousing sympathy instead of passion, he loses her. When Gertrude marries his friend, a famous singer, he is compelled to stand by and watch passively as their obsessive relationship disintegrates into tragedy.See all Product description
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