Hesse, Hermann (1877–1962)
Famous German novelist (he later acquired Swiss nationality)
whose books on mystical themes were quite influential in the
spiritual and occult revival among young adults in the 1960s
and 1970s. The influence of Oriental philosophy is reflected in
his novel Siddhartha, which deals with the relationship between
father and son and the quest for self-discovery through a journey
to India. His novel Das Glasperlenspiel (1943, translated as
Magister Ludi, 1950) resolves world disorder through a religious
game played by rulers.
Hesse, Herman. Siddhartha. New York New Directions,