Klingsor's Last Summer

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Klingsor's Last Summer
First US edition, 1970
(publ. Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Author Hermann Hesse
Original title Klingsors letzter Sommer
Country Germany
Language German
Publisher S. Fischer Verlag
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover and Paperback)
Followed by Siddhartha

Klingsor's Last Summer is a novella by Hermann Hesse.

Written over the course of a few weeks in July and August 1919, it was published in December 1919 in the Deutsche Rundschau. It was later published (by S. Fischer Verlag) in a volume which included Kinderseele and Klein und Wagner.


The story is an account of the final months of the life of Klingsor, a forty-two-year-old expressionist painter. A lover of poetry, a heavy drinker and a womanizer, he spends his final summer in southern Switzerland, torn between sensuality and spirituality and troubled by feelings of impending death.

Character list[edit]

  • Klingsor
  • Louis the cruel
  • Ersilia
  • The Queen of the mountains
  • The Armenian astrologer
  • Edith