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The struggle of an artist to achieve a personal aesthetic ideal within a materialist and uncomprehending society

Born into a Swiss village, Peter Camenzind is a introverted peasant boy who becomes a student at Zurich University where he is soon destined for some minor academic post. Yet he does not choose this path; perturbed by what he perceives to be the thankless and tur
Paperback, 176 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by Peter Owen Publishers (first published 1904)
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W.M. Driscoll
Though one could start exploring the masterful works of the German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter Hermann Hesse with his later more mature novels, from the spiritual crisis and discovery of Der Steppenwolf (Steppenwolf), to the simple lyrical mysticism of Siddhartha or even (my personal favorite) the odd, futuristic and intellectual Das Glasperlenspiel (which I read under the title Magister Ludi *and* The Glass Bead Game but is often called just one or the other), I would point a reader inter ...more
أحمد أبازيد Ahmad Abazed
هواجس الطفولة الأعمق و الأنقى , قلق الأنثى , سحر الطبيعة التي تتكلّم بلغة الله و تصبغ بنشيدها الإنسان , الخير الكامن في ثنايا العالم , و الإنسان القادر على التغيّر و التجاوز , و أفكار أخرى هي محاور هذا الكتاب الذي يعتبر أوّل رواية لهيرمان هيسه , هذه العناصر و غيرها بقيت مكرّسة في كثير من روايات هيرمان هيسه اللاحقة التي تعدّ أكثر اكتمالا أدبيّا و أشهر عند النقّاد .
لطيفة و ممتعة و تحكي بعفويّة طريقة تفكير كامنيستند الطيّب و لحظاته الوجدانيّة العالية .
ربما ظهرت المباشرة في بعض الأحيان , وربما كان
Holy smokes! Peter Camenzind is both you and I, my friend(s).

The country boy moves to the city for school (knowledge), and it disgusts him. He does not fit, nor does he want to. He does not want anything, except to not be where he was born.

All that matters to this man is poetry, and climbing.

To you it could be good weather, and a nice yard.
To me it is drinking nice coffee, and walking (anywhere).

So...he leaves home (family and all), joins college, makes money by accident (his room mate steals h
May 04, 2011 Sarah rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sarah by: Mahmoud
ربما أعجبتني لأنها كما قالت سلمى كأنها تتحدث عني..أو أنها أنارت لي جوانب غامضةً، وجلتها بيسر.
لكنني أحببتها أكثر، لأن هسه يكتب بطريقة لا تفسدها المباشرة، ويتأمل بحس شاعر أصيل النفس، يستكشف معنى الحب والحياة في نفسه عن طريق بطله.

جعلني أستشعر الرواية ثانية، لا بحس الصراع الداخلي أو دوامات التفكير التي تتركك لتصل أنت لنتيجة.
بل بطريقة أخرى متأملة هادئة، قد تتصاعد معها ثم تصل لسكينة ما، أو نقطة رضا عن المعاني الجيدة في الحياة.
كم عشقت ذاك البيتر حين قرأتها
ربما لأني رأيت فيه نفسي
Omar BaRass
ربما كان هنا شئ من الفساد… ربما، لذا وجب التنبيه لمن لم يقرأ الرواية.
أنا ومراجعاتي. التي لا تحتمل وتفسد فكرتها، ويفسد معها كل شئ، كل شئ!!

أكثر من الاحتمالات لأني أخشى أن أقع في التوكيد، لكن كل توكيد يبدو لي نهاية، وما أن تجد كهذا التوكيد فلن تكون الحياة أكثر متعة لي. إنني ببساطة أسلب من الحياة روحي
بهذا أعطي لنفسي، أبرر لها، تيهي الدائم. قد يعني الجمال عندي الاحتمالات وإثارة الشك دائمًا. أنا الكائن اللاقطعي، وأرضي مهزوزة تنتظر لزلزال.

كيف يمكن أن تشرح شعورًا باللكلمات؟ أنت لا تفعل الشرح، أنت تخل
Shares the self-obsession that characterizes Hesse's later books, but lacks some of the even worse characteristics of same.

Nutshell: bucolic twerp self-exiles from village, reads books, drinks heavily, becomes writer, obsesses over various persons, remains unsatisfied, &c.

Begins weirdly with prosopopeia involving the mountain scenes of the narrator's village, which matures into mythic-seeming oromachia (2). The ecophile ideology persists throughout, but the mythic mode doesn't last.

Jerome Peterson

Peter Camenzind
By Hermann Hesse
October 24, 2013

“In the beginning was the myth” is the opening sentence of Peter Camenzind, Hesse’s first novel, originally published with great success in 1904.

It tells the story of the adolescence and early manhood of a writer who leaves the Swiss mountain village where he was born and takes to the road in encounter the great world. In Italy, the country of his idol, St. Francis of Assisi, Camenzind feels at home for the first time. He makes one great friend, who
محمود حسني

تتأرجح هذه الرواية بالنسبة لي بين درجتان وثلاث درجات .. حتى نصفها تقريبا كنت قد قررت أن أعطيها 4 درجات ولكن وجدت أنها بدأ من المنتصف حتى النهاية تتدهور ويزداد بها الملل تدريجيا بشكل غريب !

شعرت بأن هناك شئ ما غير منضبط في الترجمة .. لا أعلم! ولكن تملكني شعور ان الروح التي كتبت هذا العمل غير محتمل أن تكتب بأسلوب مباشر ومتكرر بهذا الشكل ! ..

أول قراءاتي لهرمان هسه .. وربما أقرأ له لعبة الكريات الزجاجية .. والتي يراها النقاد العمل الأكثر اكتمالا له ..

هسه در پیتر کامنزیند زندگی جوانی را شرح می دهد که دهکده محدود و کوچک خود را ترک می کند تا سراسر جهان را زیر پا گذارد، اما او جویای هنر است و به زندگی از خلال زیبایی ها می نگرد و هسه به وسیله او می تواند نظرهای شخصی را درباره هنر و سرنوشت آن بیان کند و در جریان این جهانگردی برتری زندگی طبیعی را بر تمدن شهری نشان دهد و تمدن غرب را سخت به باد انتقاد گیرد. پیتر، قهرمان کتاب، پس از سرخوردگی از سیر و سیاحت به سرگردانی خویش پایان می دهد و به دهکده کوچک بازمی گردد و کمر اصلاح آن را برمی بندد. هسه در این
With every Hesse novel I read, my appreciation for him grows. I am constantly amazed by the way he is always describing a new feeling or experience that I've had in a way that I can empathize with on a level far deeper than any other author. I feel connected to Hesse when I'm reading him, which is something really no other books give me, even those I cherish and respect to the utmost.

Peter Camenzind had a lot of that, especially at the beginning, when Hesse describes Peter's love for two of my
An autobiographical novel about a provincial young intellectual from the Alps whose education takes him to cultured Zurich, where his eyes are opened to the pleasures of a modern, cultured life. There he meets with urbane, learned associates and eventually travels to Italy as a poet, before returning to his father's house in the Alpine forest, his heart broken twice over by unrequited love. Well written, but otherwise an unimaginative and dull tale of an artist coming of age. The sentimentality ...more
I only gave this book three stars because I'm not sure how I feel about the protagonist, Peter Camenzind. Sometimes I liked him and sometimes I didn't. What I didn't like was Camenzind's air of superiority that I read in his tone of writing (Hesse wrote the book from Camenzind's point of view in the first person). Camenzind often came off that unless you appreciated or understood nature like he did/does then you didn't deserve to live amongst that nature. While I'm sure everyone appreciates natu ...more
Lorenzo Berardi
Appropriately enough I read this book during a short holiday in the mountains. In lack of the Swiss ones, I opted for the Italian Alps.
Without having anything else to read in my backpack, I've had the opportunity of dedicating a second read to the book. An extremely rare habit of me.

As a bad conoisseur of Herman Hesse literary production (no Siddharta, no Steppenwolf) my impression on Peter Camenzind has very much to do with pouring a half litre water in a one litre bottle: on the one hand, we
I read several Hermann Hesse books when I was in high school and quite enjoyed them. Recently I found a little gem that I had neverheardanything aboutbefore. Peter Camenzind is a somewhat autobiographical novel of a young man from the Alps finding his way in the world. As with his other works, Hesse's gift is notproducing a unique story line, but rather presenting a common story line, uniquely. His prose is almost poetic in its descriptions of the young man's village on the shores of an alpine l ...more
I love Hermann Hesse.

Peter Camenzind reminded me of a 1900's version of On the Road set in Switzerland. Prone to melancholy and drunkenness, Camenzind's wanderlust and love of nature might be better compared to Kerouac's Big Sur. Both books describe characters that you want to succeed, but end up drunk with their hearts broken. They also show an intelligence and self-awareness of the reasons of their failures.

Which makes sense why Hermann Hesse and Jack Kerouac are two of my favorite authors.
Carl Ling
Ma critique de Peter Camenzind commence quand j'avais 13 ans. Peter a le foehn qui lui souffle dans les cheveux et comme la plupart des jeunes hommes de son époque (entre 1700 et 1918 selon mon estimation personnelle) il est souvent dépeigné, je pense à Werther et à Törless. La page couverture de l'édition que je possède montre un Peter séduisant qui ressemble à un vampire, je pense à Lestat, se tenant dans un champ fleuri ceint de montagnes, soit les Alpes, les Pyrénées, l'Oural, les Andes, l'H ...more
Gilgamesh  Nabeel
بيتر كامينتسند، هي أولى روايات الكاتب الألماني الحائز على جائز نوبل هيرمان هيسّه، وتكاد تكون أوتوبايوغرافي غير مباشرة نابعة من خيالات وإنطباعات الكاتب نفسه مطروحة في سياق حياة شخص آخر خيالي تختلط فيها أحداث من حياة الشاعر مع أحداث خياليّة.

الرواية بحقّ قصّة عشق للطبيعة، نجد فيها شخصيّة بيتر كامينتسند، المولود في قرية في جبال الألب، حيث جمال الطبيعة والعزلة عن العالم في ذلك الركن القصيّ، والتي يحمل أغلب سكّانها إسم العائلة ذاته "كامينتسند". هي إنشودة في عشق الغابات والطبيعة الصامتة وأشجار الصنوبر
Came across this book on someone's bookshelf and thought it'd be fun to read as a quick read being somewhere's in a rather mountainous part of the world. Of course I recognize the name Herman Hesse, but I had never read anything of him before.

It was a quick read indeed, I finished it in one day. The writing is nice and it was a fun enough read. I sort of like the quest towards finding yourself, there are some worthwhile insights in it. It didn't exactly strike me ephinanous thoughts in me, but
Erik Graff
Jun 20, 2014 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hesse fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: literature
This was one of the first Hesse novels read after deciding to seek him out. I also found it at once both exceptionally moving and, in comparison to his other work, amusing.

The lesson of the book, not unusual one in Hesse, is to appreciate what theologians call "ordinary grace" (as opposed to those miraculous gifts appealed for in all-too-ordinary prayer). Working at the Brookwood Convalescent and Nursing Center in DesPlaines (an old peoples' home) at the time, the lesson was not lost to me.
و الغريب ان الريفيوهات كلها فيها عبارة " رأيت فيه نفسي"
و هو بالفعل ذاك جداً :)

الكتاب كان صدمة لي فى أول مرة قرأته بسبب اني وجدت فيه الكثير جداً من نفسي ؛ ما كنت اعتبره شديد الخصوصية فى ذلك الوقت ..
تجربة الانتقال من الريف ( الصحراء فى حالتي ) الي المدينة ، و رغم اني تمكنت من التماهي مع المدينة بشكل مثالي جداً ؛ الا ان قريتي تنتصر دائماً فى كل احلامي .. فانا لا احلم الا ببيتنا القديم هناك :)

سأكمل الريفيو فى وقت لاحق بعد ان استعيد تفاصيل الكتاب فى اعاده القراءة هذه :))
I have to reluctantly admit that this book started pretty slow. It gave all the warning signs of a tremendously draggy book and "OMG seriously...maybe I should not turn another page" was constantly at the back of my mind during the first few pages.

Thankfully this book picked up once Peter moved out of his village and offered more real-life drama and substance to the story (in comparison to the endless description of snow, sunlight, wind and grass). This book was like reading a gossip magazine wh
You can't go home again. As a young man, this romantic little gem swept me off my feet. Returning to it years later (my feet more solidly on the ground, by dint of experience), less so. Still, for what it said to me once upon a time, I am ever grateful for this tale of a Romantic young lad and his lust for life...
This book's not very good--now and then you glimpse the angel hidden in the marble, but there's way too much marble, if you know what I mean--but Hermann Hesse wrote another excellent book called "Knulp"--I give that one five stars.
Farhan Khalid
In the beginning was the myth

God, in his search for self-expression, invested the souls with poetic shapes

I saw each tree leading a life of its own, formed in its own particular shape, casting its own individual shadow

Mountains, lake, storms, and sun were my companions. They told me stories

The souls of men are suspended faintheartedly and longingly and stubbornly between time and eternity

I would drift through life like a cloud

I expected a loud echo, but my voice died away in the peaceful heights
Ahmad Sharabiani
پیتر کامنزیند، برگردان: فرامرز جواهری نیا، 1363، جواهری نیا، 182 ص
پیتر کامنتسیند، ترجمه: عبدالحسین شریفیان، 1374، محل نشر: تهران، انتشارات: اساطیر، 194 ص / چاپ دوم 1380. سرنوشت پیتر کامنزیند
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A minor novel in the Hesse oeuvre. Worth reading for completness.
Christopher Mata campbell
It is always difficult to give an accurate rating to Hermann Hesse, especially after reading a masterpiece such as Demian, and it is almost impossible to not hold him to his other works however I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed Peter Camenzind.
At times he is long-winded, other times he glosses over years at a time, but far from ruining his novel this created a link between reader and narrator, allowing me to understand Peter's maturity into adulthood.
One thing I have always loved about Hesse,
„Doream, după cum se ştie, să fac apropiată şi iubită oamenilor de azi larga şi muta viaţă a naturii, într-o poezie mare. Voiam să-i învăţ să asculte bătăile inimii pământului, să ia parte la viaţa întregului, să nu uite în mişcarea sorţii lor mici că noi nu suntem nici zei şi nici nu suntem făcutţi de noi înşine, ci suntem copii şi părţi ale pământului şi ale întregului cosmic. Voiam să le amintesc că înseşi cântecele poeţilor şi visele nopţilor noastre şi de asemenea vânturile, mările, norii c ...more
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Hermann Hesse 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) which explore an individual's search for spirituality outside society.

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