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3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  3,997 Ratings  ·  166 Reviews
Hesse's novel about the destructive nature of love.The narrator loves Gertrude.When she marries his friend he watches while they slowly destroy each other.
Paperback, 158 pages
Published 1973 by Penguin Books (first published 1910)
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Mohit Parikh
This one is on harmony. On concordance and discordance. This one passage, very early into the book, summarizes the theme best:

"Of all the conceptions of pure bliss that people and poets have dreamed of, listening to the harmony of the spheres always seemed to me the highest and most intense. That is where my dearest and brightest dreams have ranged - to hear for the duration of a heartbeat the universe and the totality of life in its mysterious, innate harmony. Alas, how is it that life can be s
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Gertrude & Victoria
Hermann Hesse's Gertrude and Knut Hamsun's Victoria share a common bond about man's attempt to fight fate, fate's conspiracy against man in his search for inner peace and lasting love. Kuhn, the student, aspiring composer and central character, seeks direction and purpose, understanding, and eventually, solace, through his life struggles, which lead him towards the path of unrequited love, an attempt at suicide, success and fame, death of close friends, and finally to peaceful resignation.

Gertru
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Paul
Oct 28, 2012 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: european-novels
Another novel about unrequited love. The book shows the influence of Nietzsche and the split between Dionysian passion and the intellectual and cerebral virtues of the Apollonian aspect. This duality reminded me a little of Death In Venice by Thomas Mann, which I have also read this month.
The main protagonist Kuhn, is a fairly successful composer who is looking back. Kuhn reminded me a little of Philip Carey in Maugham's Of Human Bondage (which I have also read recently), because of his physica
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Josh
Feb 08, 2015 Josh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
(3.5) The pain of love, the love of pain.

"Gertrude loved her husband and would never care for anyone else."

The masochistic mind traverses troubled dreams of love and eternity. Music enraptures Kuhn, but does not make him complete.

"...then came a part which I could so well remember hearing Gertrude sing, which expressed my admiration for her and was a quiet confession of my love. I averted my glance and looked into her bright eyes, which acknowledged me and greeted me warmly, and for a moment th
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Rida Hariri
Jul 16, 2012 Rida Hariri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
الآن شعرت قليلًا بسبب التقدير الذي يحمله تاركوفسكي لهيرمان هسه..
هيرمان هسه يحتاج لحالةٍ من الهدوء لقراءته هذا ما أحسست به,,تحتاج للهدوء لكي تتمكن من الاستمتاع بالهدوء المطلق الذي يسيطر على طريقته في السرد,على هدوء الأحداث في الرواية الهدوء الذي تفرضه أجواء الرواية التي تدور في محيط أرستقراطي في ألمانيا..
كل شيء بطيء ولكن في مرحلة معينة أثناء القراءة يجبرك على الامساك بالكتاب حتى النهاية..
الرواية لا تحمل أي نوع من الأمل الأحمق بالحياة كما يفعل باولو كويلو وكذلك لا تراجيديا هنا بل حياة فقط والاحسا
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Sep 28, 2009 Ahmad Sharabiani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic, fiction
همیشه و هنوز در عالم رویا ندای جوانی ام را به مثابه آهنگی زیبا به گوش جان میشنوم
Kourosh Ghaniyoun
Apr 30, 2015 Kourosh Ghaniyoun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
خواندن گرترود مثل سوار شدن بر کشتی زندگی آهنگساز راوی "کوهن" است. او به قدری متواضعانه از عشق ورزی ها، اختلاف فکری اش با والدین، جهان بینی و تردیدهایش سخن می راند که همذات پنداری را نه تنها با خودش بلکه با تمام کسانی که مورد عشق یا نفرت او بوده اند، آسان می سازد.
حادثه ای در جوانی "کوهن" تاثیری عمیق بر آینده او می گذارد. کوهن به انزوای خود تن می دهد و همه چیز تازه روی روال افتاده است که "گرترود ایمتور" وارد داستان می شود تا قلبی را که مدتهاست نلرزیده دچار زلزله کند.
هبة فريج
Mar 02, 2015 هبة فريج rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
هل يمكنُ لأحدٍ قرأ رواية دُميان لهرمان هسّه ألا يحتاج إليه في هذا الدّرب ، وقتاً ما ؟
هرمان يأتي بالنّفس ويفتحُ أبوابَها الظاهرة والخفيّة ، يفهّمها ويرعاها قليلاً ثم يدعها تنطلق لتختبر الحياة من جديد ، أو تختبرها الحياة من جديد ..

ممتنّة لهرمان
S Prakash
Jul 25, 2014 S Prakash rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Hesse is one of my favorite writers and my take on his works would carry a bit of bias. Gertrude might not be one of the famous books of Hesse in the league of a Siddartha, yet it is one of the most heart rendering narratives. Its a semi autobigraphical work, liberally feeding on the tumultous life of Hesse during his younger days. Its a soliloquy of the protaganist's solitude, lovelornness and his inability to deal with the upheavels of his life.

Kuhn falls in love twice and both the times it go
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Una Theia
Dacă există ceva creat de om care să poată ajuta trăirea și purtarea existenței, acest ceva cu siguranță are în plămădeală muzică și scriere.
Pentru mine, acest ceva este Hesse, cărțile lui și spiritul lui, impregnat în scriere și îndreptat, direcționat, dedicat cititorului. Tot ce-a creat (și din ce-am citit) e despre natura umană și o încercare de a o înțelege fără a o judeca prea aspru. Fără a-i impune îmbunătățire.
Doar că acel uman prezent în lucrările sale are o puritate aproape inumană az
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Nadine Tewaditep
นีเปนหนังสือเลมแรกของเฮสเสทีหยิบขึนมาอาน เพราะเชือวานาจะเปนผลงานเลมทีเสพยงายทีสุดและเขาถึงไดงายทีสุดแลว เพราะเมือพะยีหอวาเขียนโดยนักเขียนเจาของรางวัลโนเบลชาวเยอรมัน...อะไรๆ ดูจะลอลวงใหชวนคิดไปวา...มันตองอานยาก ตองเกบไวเทอดทูนบนหิงอยางเดียวแนๆ

ซึงพออานไปสัก 2-3 บทแลว ขอเถียงเลยวา 'ไมจริงคะ'เกอทรูดอานงาย ไอทีวาอานยาก...คิดไปเองทังนัน

อยานะคะ... อยาใหการมโนของคุณทำใหคุณพลาดโอกาสเสพยงานซึงสวยงามมากขนาดนี เพราะ 'เกอทรูด' ของเฮอมานน เฮสเส เปนเรืองราวของชายหนุมทีมีความรักคะ :-)

Q: โรแมนติกไหม?
A: บอกเลยวาโ
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Feseven
Jan 31, 2016 Feseven rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, alphabet, nomicose
E' il secondo libro di Hesse che leggo (Siddartha l'ho letto almeno 20 anni fa...) e non mi ha fatto impazzire.
La storia di per sè avrebbe potuto essere bellissima perchè parla di musica, che è una cosa che amo tantissimo, ma è troppo frettolosa e scontata.
Le narrazioni sono fredde e non si riesce ad immaginarsi la dolcezza e la passione dei momenti di composizione e canto perchè sono descritti poco e velocemente.
Mi aspettavo qualcosa di molto più struggente e passionale e per questo sono rimast
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Salma Hasan
Mar 18, 2017 Salma Hasan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
لقد كان لي خير صاحبًا وخير مُعلّمًا وتعلّمت الكثير يا رب

شكرًا لأنك منحتني الحياة
وشكرًا للحياة لأنها منحتني إياك.
Lisa
Jun 09, 2010 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not the easiest book to get through. It's pretty dark and sad. But definitely some of the most beautiful writing I've read. This is probably one of my favorite quote of all time:

"Fate was not kind, life was capricious and terrible, and there was no good reason in nature. But there is good and reason in us, in human beings, with whom fortune plays, and we can be stronger than nature and fate, if only for a few hours. And we can draw close to one another in times of need, understand and love one a
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Pablo
Aug 25, 2015 Pablo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Años sin leer nada de Hermann Hesse. Generalmente digo que es uno de mis autores favoritos, junto a Dostoievski. Esto viene desde la adolescencia. Uno es consiente que esos autores, especialmente Hesse, llegan de una manera mucho más profunda cuando recién se esta entrando a esa etapa de dudas y pasiones. Muchas veces, cuando ya se conocen otros autores, y se ha madurado un poco más, esos gustos son vistos de una manera nostálgica, pertenecientes a una etapa contradictoria, ya superada.

Debo dec
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Corey
Aug 07, 2011 Corey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read most of Hesse in my twenties and I was a little trepidacious approaching him again. I thought perhaps he was one of those authors you read and appreciate only when young. But this is a beautiful book.
Kanin Nitiwong
Jan 03, 2017 Kanin Nitiwong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
แอบนึกถึงงานของศรีบูรพา ในความดรามาของชีวิตรัก

งานเฮสเสนีมีคำคมปรัชญาเตือนใจอยูเรือยๆ แฮะ ชอบชวงคุณพอและคุณครูใหคำแนะนำเกียวกับชีวิตแกคุหน
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Dalal
Jul 23, 2017 Dalal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
اقتباس يلخص الرواية: "عندما نتقدم في السن نصبح أكثر قناعة منا ونحن في عهد الشباب"
- العنوان هو أول ما شدني لقراءة هذه الرواية التي تغوص في فلسفة رقيقة مملؤة بالبؤس والآسى.
لا تتحدث عن غرترود فقط ولا عن الموسيقى، هي بكل بساطة تشرح وتحلل العواطف الغير مفهومة الآن لما بعد في المستقبل.
Lucy Somerhalder
Mar 20, 2017 Lucy Somerhalder rated it it was ok
Largely self-indulgent, angsty, white boy bollocks. But not without a few really lovely moments.
Araya Pichitkul
Jul 01, 2017 Araya Pichitkul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
พึงเคยอานงานของ เฮสเส 2 เลม ชอบมากทัง 2 เลม ตังใจหาเลมอืนๆมาอานอีก
ชอบตังแตคำนำสำนักพิมพ
รับรูไดถึง passion ในการทำดนตรีของคุหน
อยากฟังอุปรากรของคุหนจัง นาจะเพราะมากและเตมไปดวยอารมณ ผูเขียนสอนเรือง
การมีชีวิตเพือผูอืน+ชะตาชีวิตทีพลิกผัน
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Azadeh Pirazimian
Dec 14, 2016 Azadeh Pirazimian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
گرترود حکایت تنهایی انسان است، انسان هنرمند. کوهن موزیسین بر اثر یک حادثه در نوجوانی پایش را از دست می دهد و تنهاتر از قبل می شود، هر چند که او بعدها با وجود همه این مشکلات به ارزوی دیرینه خود می رسد و به اهنگساز و نوازنده مشهوری تبدیل می شود اما این درد تنهایی و انزوا تا به اخر داستان با او باقی می ماند.
نویسنده کل داستان را با ریتمی شاعرانه روایت می کند و رنج تنهایی شخصیت اصلی داستان را به کمک همین قالب به شکل سوزناکی توصیف می کند، تو گویی که خواننده در حال خواندن شعری است روایی از زندگی پر از
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Nawesa
Jan 14, 2012 Nawesa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Tiene un estilo formal que puede sonar cursi o afectado. Quizá porque fue escrita a principios del siglo pasado. Leí la versión española de Emilio Ávila de la Torre. Me gustó porque me parece que describe muy bien el alma pesarosa de los artistas o mentes creadoras que tienen mucha sensibilidad. Es la historia de un músico, así que cualquier músico compositor podría sentirse conectado con el personaje principal. Pero creo que la forma en que describe el proceso creativo se podría bien aplicar a ...more
Henrique Cassol
Nov 05, 2013 Henrique Cassol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitivamente meu autor favorito. Hesse, neste que foi um dos seus primeiros romances, já desponta como um excelente escritor, destacando uma das marcas que lhe são próprias: a impessoalidade e a imprevisibilidade. Seus livros são carregados de sentimentos e de narrativas muito bem conduzidas, com personagens de personalidades fortes e marcantes, como é o caso de Kuhn, o compositor aleijado e peça central do romance, que sofre pelo amor de Gertrud, dotado de um talento incrível para compor e d ...more
Erik Graff
May 13, 2011 Erik Graff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hesse fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: literature
I see by the reviews that this novel, Hesse's third, is sometimes seen as a gloss on Nietzsche's Apollonian/Dionysian schema in his The Birth of Tragedy. Unless forewarned, I tend to read novels like I watch movies--like a child, disbelief and critical apparati suspended. After picking this volume up at Stuart Brent Books on Chicago's Michigan Avenue, I devoured it quickly during quiet times at work around the corner on Ontario and saw no great depths or wide horizons of implication in it.
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
A sensitive, shy man sees how a brilliant, driven man burns brightly and then burns out, reducing all around him to ashes. He fails to get the girl but somehow achieves a quiet wisdom and integrity. It's quite good and thought-provoking in some ways but in others just a bit overwrought - but that's par for the course with Hesse, isn't?
Wouter
Sep 07, 2009 Wouter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very nice book! About love that's not meant to be, about passion for music and about friendship. It's a very easy read, taking notice of the fact that the story was written about a century ago. If you like Hesse's work you should absolutely read this.
Hesse can wrap words around subtleties i thought people could only slightly sense the truth of.
Lindu Pindu
Feb 20, 2011 Lindu Pindu rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I'm reading this just to experience all of Hermann. It has its good moments. But early Hesse seems to be all about the toils of the male artist. Inward disappointment+outer bemusement, inner floods of self-loathing and all that. It leaves me with a chronic queasiness, much like life when seen in a dualist way.
mohammad
داستان زندگی یک آهنگساز کلاسیک هست که در نوجوانی به خاطر یه حادثه دچار نقص عضو میشه و همیشه احساس کمبود میکنه اما به موفقیت های زیدی میرسه. این رمان اولین نثری بود که از هسه خوندم و بر خلاف احساسی که داشتم خیلی منو جذب کرد گفتگوهای زیبایی توش هست و شخصیتهای بیمانند.
موات میگفت :به ندرت پیش می آید آدمی مسن دست به خودکشی بزند.
دید روانکاوانه هسه منو تحت تاثیر گذاشت.
Nathan
Aug 04, 2007 Nathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Composers of Music
Shelves: hermanhesse
Initially I was drawn to the narrator's passionate obsession with music and composing, but in the end I just fell in love with the entire novel. It travels through friendship and love and passion, and in the end it leaves you wanting more. I sat down with this book and could not pull myself away from its pages, as is always the case for me and Herman.
Veera
Jan 25, 2016 Veera rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Intohimo on aina arvoitus ja jää selittämättömäksi, ja valitettavasti on niin, että elämä ei varjele kauneimpia lapsiaan ja että jokin pakottaa ihanimmat ihmiset useinkin rakastamaan juuri sitä, mikä tuhoaa heidät."
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Hermann Hesse was a German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature. His best known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game (also known as Magister Ludi) which explore an individual's search for spirituality outside society.

In his time, Hesse was a popular and influential author in the German-speaking world; worldwide fame only ca
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