Hyperion is a novel of stirring lyricism, philosophical sublimity, and historic importance. Originally published in two volumes in 1797 and 1799, it is the only novel by the great German lyric poet Friedrich Hölderlin, and stands among his most extraordinary achievements. The novel is composed of a series of letters written by a Greek hermit to a German friend. The protagonist recounts the pivotal phases of his life, from his discovery of the vanished glory of antiquity, through his encounter with his beloved Diotima, who embodies his goal of merging with “the All of nature,” to his participation in a Greek uprising against Ottoman Turkish rule. Hyperion explores the striving for harmonious unity, the struggle for freedom and a better world, and the divinity of nature and love.