The story of a young Brahmin’s search for ultimate reality after meeting with the Buddha. Siddhartha is handsome, clever and well-loved, yet increasingly dissatisfied with the life that is expected of him. Setting out on a spiritual journey to discover a higher state of being, hisquest leads him through the temptations of luxury and wealth, the pleasures of sensual love and the sinister threat of death-dealing snakes, until, eventually, he comes to a river. There, a ferryman guides him towards his destiny and to the ultimate meaning of existence. Inspired by Hermann Hesse’s profound regard for Indian transcendental philosophy, Siddhartha is one of the most influential spiritual works of the twentieth century.