Hermann Hesse ((July 2, 1877 – August 9, 1962) was a German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature. His best-known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game (also known as Magister Ludi), each of which explores an individual's search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality.
Hermann Hesse Gardenwork © Fondazione Hermann Hesse Montagnola in Hesse's texts, there are many passages where he compares an individual human being with a tree. Many cultures have a tradition of anthropomorphic interpretations like this. In his famous poem In the Fog, he writes: «No tree sees the other, each one is alone.» .....