After the award in literature to RN Tagore in 1913; the outbreak of First World War in August 1914 brought the selection machinery to a grinding halt and the prizes for Chemistry, Peace and Literature remained unrewarded in 1914. As a result of this chaos; the most probable nominee - Carl Spitteler had to wait for the honor till 1919. The Prize for 1915 was won by Romain Rolland - the French philosopher and writer, who received it in 1916. Romain Rolland attended Ecole Normale Superieure - to which he returned as a teacher after receiving his Doctorate. I like and recommend his book ' Jean Christophe' - a novel without a plot or a story. Jean Christophe, the hero, gets tired of his daily life and tries to find happiness and pleasure in music. Romain Rolland's own joys and sorrows are reflected in this Psychological novel which took him seventeen years to write. This beautiful book in twelve parts, had been written in France, England, Italy and Switzerland.
/Dilbag Firdausi, India
'Jean-Christophe' is the epic of humanity!