Butterflies: Reflections, Tales, and Verse


This volume gathers the most alluring stories, recollections, contemplations and poems on butterflies by Herman Hesse.

"I have always had a connection with butterflies and other fleeting and ephemeral beauties, while I have never succeeded in maintaining permanent, committed and so-called solid relationships," writes Hermann Hesse in a letter from 1926. This preference, occasionally resembling an elective affinity, for "flowers and butterflies, that are of everlasting things, a fleeting allegory" – as he says in one of his poems, has left its mark on Hesse’s entire oeuvre. 110 full-color engraved-copper illustrations by Jakob Hübner