Complete summary of Hermann Hesse’s Rosshalde. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Rosshalde. Hermann Hesse’s Rosshalde is the classic story of a man torn between obligations to his family and his longing for a spiritual fulfillment that can only be f. . Rosshalde by Hermann Hesse – book cover, description, publication history.

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Her remaining son is the only consolation. May 16, Kay Wright rated it really liked it. I had very mixed feelings while reading this. But I had to ignore his views on men, women, artists, and marriage and just enjoy the amazing descriptions, the interior life of his protagonist and the terribly tragic story. Hesse, who later experimented with painting himself, conjures the world of the consumate painter very well: About Rosshalde, I especially like hese Hesse realistically more realistic than Anne Karenina in my opinion portrays how a marriage is genuinely uncomfortable and a family profoundly unhappy.

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Feb 11, Sinem A. I’m glad he did. He gets up very early every morning, paints until noon, then takes lunch with his wife and son and later paints again until the evening. I thought it was quite haunting.

Ova knjiga je pokrenula u bujicu pitanja, trgla me, naterala me da zastanem, da se zamislim i preispitam se kao retko koja druga knjiga.


Raising the questions of humanity in the microcosm of a single family, Hesse creates a painful, yet beautiful picture of the balance between liberty and suffocation, between creativity and middle class life. At the beginning of the novel, he returns home one night on his own and looks at the dark house.

After finishing RosshaldeHesse leaves the reader exhausted – drained of all philosophical, moral or ethical entreaty and left only with spiritual ash mixed with the glowing embers of hope for a revival of soul and life. A famous artist, at the height of his creative power, lives as a recluse with his estranged wife in a beautiful country house, Rosshalde, and their sole connection is the youngest son, over whose love and affection they fight jealously.

Veraguth is also seeking escape, and a journey to Asia beckons where he hopes to find new ideas for his work and put some distance between himself and his unhappy family.

The artist, being more focused on future projects than on past experience, feels relief, besse his wife resigns herself to the bitterness of failed middle class aspirations – thus illustrating the confining role of a wife and mother in a traditional family set up.

When he makes the decision to go, it sends the family into its death spiral. This is one of my favourite novels I’ve read by Hesse, together with Steppenwolf. I’m glad I had never heard of this minor Hesse work but saw at at the library and was seduced by the author’s reputation. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. He cannot go on living in such loveless isolation.


Hermann Hesse was a German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter.

Then the balance shifted. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Hermann Hesse’s early work Rosshalde tackles the same question that Mann’s early work Buddenbrooks does. I had a pretty good idea of what was coming after only a few pages. Thanks for commenting, I love to hear your thoughts Cancel reply Enter your comment here Open Preview See a Problem? Dec 31, Cem rated it it was amazing.

Rosshalde – Wikipedia

To view it, click here. He can only do better this time. Email required Address never made public. It has been translated. The reader realises early on that there can be no winners in such a contest.

The couple has two sons.

Which is your favourite? It’s pretty much a family study during their last summer of still being or rather pret It’s not a long novel, not much happens and the characters are a family of four and some minor characters, heesse, it’s not a simple novel despite its structural simplicity.