Hesse's Voice

Hermann Hesse, Photo Martin Hesse

© Sibylle Siegenthaler-Hesse

"The number of new words that have been added to our languages over the past two hundred years is both enormous and awesome, yet in terms of import and force of expression, linguistic substance, beauty, and genuine gold, they are woefully inadequate. For the most part, they are but inflated goods."

 

Hesse speaks about language. We hear his voice in a brief excerpt from his essay "On The Word Bread."

 

Published with kind permission of Suhrkamp Verlag Berlin.