Siddhartha is a novel by Hermann Hesse that deals with the spiritual journey of self-discovery of an Nepali man named Siddhartha during the time of the Buddha. The book, Hesse's ninth novel (1922), is written in a simple, lyrical style.
At the beginning of the story, despite having absorbed all of the teachings of his father and followed all of the religious rites and rituals of his caste, Siddhartha is not happy with himself. He knows there is something missing and decides to leave his father and his future and seek enlightenment.
Throughout the various stages of his journey, Siddhartha finds something of value in everyone he interacts with and each stage brings him closer to his ultimate goal. Siddhartha progressively recognizes the fundamental value of each and every person on Earth, their unique and special contribution.
Siddhartha was published in the U.S. in 1951 and became influential during the 1960s.