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Beneath the Wheel

Beneath the Wheel
Author: Hermann Hesse
ISBN 13: 9780312422301
ISBN 10: 31242230
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Picador
Publication Date: 2003-07-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 192
List Price: $16.00

Hans Giebernath lives among the dull and respectable townsfolk of a sleepy Black Forest village. When he is discovered to be an exceptionally gifted student, the entire community presses him onto a path of serious scholarship. Hans dutifully follows the regimen of study and endless examinations, his success rewarded only with more crushing assignments. When Hans befriends a rebellious young poet, he begins to imagine other possibilities outside the narrowly circumscribed world of the academy. Finally sent home after a nervous breakdown, Hans is revived by nature and romance, and vows never to return to the gray conformity of the academic system.

Ralph Freedman

One of the defining spirits of our century.