Gertrude - Peter Owen Modern Classics

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With Hesse's characteristic insight and penetration, an exploration of 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.

Book information

ISBN: 9780720611694
Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers
Imprint: Peter Owen
Pub date:
DEWEY: 833.912
DEWEY edition: 21
Language: English
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 210g
Height: 187mm
Width: 123mm
Spine width: 17mm