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Peter Camenzind, a young man from a Swiss mountain village, leaves his home and eagerly takes to the road in search of new experience. Traveling through Italy and France, Camenzind is increasingly disillusioned by the suffering he discovers around him; after failed romances and a tragic friendship, his idealism fades into crushing hopelessness. He finds peace again only wh ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published December 1st 2003 by Picador (first published 1904)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Peter Camenzind, Hermann Hesse
Peter Camenzind, published in 1904, was the first novel by Hermann Hesse. It contains a number of themes that were to preoccupy the author in many of his later works, most notably the individual's search for a unique spiritual and physical identity amidst the backdrops of nature and modern civilization, and the role of art in the formation of personal identity.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز دوم ماه ژانویه سال 1996 میلادی
عنوان: پیتر کامنزیند، نویسنده: هرمان هسه؛ برگردان: ف
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W.M. Driscoll
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Kevin
Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-books
"You are a poet, not because you write stories, but because you understand and love nature. It doesn't matter to most people that the wind sings in the trees or a mountain shimmers in the sunlight. But you find life in all this, a life you can partake of."

- A wonderful book.
Paul Christensen
Jul 22, 2014 rated it liked it
This Bildungsroman is a tale of the Alps, of the Föhn that drives men wild,
Where the Northern Geist and the wine of the South are uneasily reconciled.
Skorofido Skorofido
Ενίοτε περνάω κρίσεις αυτογνωσίας και ακόμα πιο σπάνια περνάω κρίσεις καλοσύνης. Τούτη την εποχή, μου ήρθε μία διπλή κρίση αυτογνωσίας και καλοσύνης (σαν διπλό πιτόγυρο ένα πράμα), με αποτέλεσμα να μου πέσει όλο αυτό βαρύ στο στομάχι. Και μέσα σ’όλο αυτό τον αχταρμά λέω ‘βρε μήπως είναι κρίμα να βγάζω τόσο δηλητήριο για ορισμένα βιβλία, μήπως πρέπει να γίνω λίγο φίδι πιο συμπονετικόν’; Όμως όσο και μεγάλη κρίση καλοσύνης κι αν περνώ δεν παύει κατά βάθος να ‘μαι σκορόφιδον μαύρο κι άραχλο, αποφάσ ...more
Moses
Oct 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
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مصطفي
الكثير منا يكون عنده الشغف لمراجعة الكتب والثناء علي الكاتب العبقري
لذا أنا سأبدأ بدايةً بالثناء علي المترجم العبقري الذي أستطاع أن يتقن ترجمته إلي هذا الحد من النقل الدقيق للمعاني والصور التي تمس القلب وأنا أراها رواية صعبة جداً في ترجمتها نظراً لما تحمله من أشياء أعتقد تتعلق بالتراث الأوروبي الألماني فلا شك أن المترجم بذل جهد شاق فأصب عليه جام شكري وحبي وتقديري ..
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ثمانية فصول من حياة شخص ، هذا هو الأمر كله
رواية بدون بداية أو نهاية ولا تهدف إلي شئ بشكل مباشر ، أما فيما تحويه من معاني فهي تهدف
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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
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Sarah
May 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
James
Dec 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mitteleuropa
Peter Camenzind is usually classified as a novel of education or bildungsroman. However I see two different fictional strands woven into this narrative: the story of a spiritual journey and a picaresque nature. Thus a simple and even mythic poetical story is filled with complexity that welcomes the reader willing and interested in exploring the meaning of Camenzind's education. Beginning with the myths of his childhood and continuing for about two hundred pages over eight chapters Peter narrates ...more
Mohammad J
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-reading
كتاب يك "رمان تربيتى" است از دوران كودكى تا بزرگسالى پيتر كامنتسند، در جهت مقابله با سنت ها و ارزش هاى موجود در كل جامعه و جهان حتى.
قلم نويسنده شگفت انگيزه! به معناى واقعى در كتاب غرق بودم!
Manel radhia
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-re-read
breathtaking...beautiful..no amount of words can explain this greatness ..the only regret i have is that i have'n read to Hermann before ..it's this kind of books that make u grateful
Salma
Dec 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
كم عشقت ذاك البيتر حين قرأتها
ربما لأني رأيت فيه نفسي
Bogdan Raț
Aug 13, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Hermann Hesse
This is Hesse's first novel and even though many would recommend it as a starting point in discovering his wonderful work, personally I would say to read this after some of his famous works - and boy, he does have many masterpieces in his repertoire: Siddhartha, Steppenwolf, Narcissus and Goldmund, and ofcourse The Glass Bead Game.

It is his most autobiographical work, no doubt about it, and it's really great to experience his feelings, principles and beliefs so early on that can be found in his
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Mohamed Al-Moslemany
أقول على لسان بيتر العذب
آمل أن أقرب للناس في هذه الأيام حياة الطبيعة الصامتة وأحببهم فيها. كنت أريد أن أعلمهم أن ينصتوا إلى خفقة قلب الأرض, وأن يشتركوا في حياة الكل المتكامل وألا ينسوا في زحمة مصائرهم الخاصة الصغيرة, أننا لسنا آلهة, وأننا لم نخلق أنفسنا بأنفسنا, بل أننا أبناء وأجزاء الأرض والكل الكوني. كنت أريد أن أذكر الناس بأن الأنهار والبحار والسحب الزاحفة والعواصف مثلها مثل أغنيات الشعر وأحلام الليالي, رموز وحملة الحنين الذي يبسط جناحيه بين السماء والأرض يهدف إلى اليقين الذي لا يزعزع من حق ا
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Jerome Peterson
Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing

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
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Omar BaRass
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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Esraa Hamdi
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
أشد ما أعجبني هو وصفُ الطبيعة وجمالها، التي أحياناً تكون صامتة هادئة، وأحياناً أخري في حركتها يكمن صخب الحياة !
الصديق العزيز بيتر، دائماً ما كنت أؤنب ضميري لأنني لا أستطيع القراءة أثناء المواصلات بسبب اجتذاب مظاهر الطبيعة والحياة لي ولكن منذ أن بدأت قراءة الرواية أرحت ضميري وأصبحت أقسّم الوقت، عندما يمر السائق بالبيوت فهذا وقت القراءة، وعندما يمر بين المروج الخضراء فذاك وقت التأمل :)
ويا لحظك من الصداقة يا بيتر، رُزقت حب وخوف الصديقين ريشارد وبوبي، ليت لنا في حياتنا ما نلته، فكرة استهلاك اللحظا
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صفاء الدغيشي
بيتر كامنتسند .. يبحث طوال سيرته هذه عن نفسه ..، في ان يكون كامنتسند آخر لا يشبه فلاحي بلده
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أجمل مقاطع الرواية حين يكون مع الشاب المشلول ، ذلك الذي بدل أن يرعاه بيتر ،، قام المشلول برعاية قلب بيتر
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Jacob
Mar 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 never heard anything about before.  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 not producing 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 a ...more
Pedro Limeira
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
After reading Siddartha, Demian, Steppenwolf, Narcissus and Goldmund and The Glass Bead Game, this book seemed like more of the same, at first.

The impression was that I couldn't relate myself anymore to everything that is clear on Hesse's writings: adoration for women, outsider's feelings and a kind of disgust of mankind. Those were the main points that I was really connected with, but that I've been deconstructing through the last years. Then Hesse surprised me again.

Camenzind's process of gett
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Kalkwerk
Peter Camenzind wird als Bauernsohn im fiktiven schweizer Bergdorf Nimikon ("Wolkenbild") geboren. Vernachlässigt von seinen Eltern wird zu seinem primären Bezugspunkt in der Welt die personifizierte Natur, die er den Menschen in einer großen Dichtung näherbringen will. Dieser künstlerische Kommunikationsversuch mit der Umwelt scheitert ebenso wie seine anderen Experimente der Integration in die menschliche Gesellschaft: Sein Lebensweg führt ihn in die großen Metropolen des frühen 20. Jahrhunder ...more
Kevin
Great first novel by Hesse. Extremely autobiographical, the book charts the life of one Peter Camenzind, a Swiss country boy with an extreme sensitivity towards nature. He comes from a rural Swiss Alpine village, gets himself educated in university, falls in love several times with women which end up being a failure (so ends up falling in love with wine instead...not a bad thing). His hero is Francis of Assisi, the nature saint, and he sees himself following a similar path. Peter eventually retu ...more
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 ..
Marwan Hamed
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
رواية حلوة وفيها جمال كبير.
Brittany
Jan 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
sologdin
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.

Narrator
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Bryan Cebulski
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
A Hesse novel that has the sort of nature-worship and existential confusion you'd expect, but in a condensed and ancillary form compared to later novels. Hesse hasn't yet become obsessed with psychoanalysis and dualisms so those frameworks/themes are (arguably graciously) absent. The pace is sort of jagged,feeling like a short story collection with how suddenly the narrative focus can change. At times overly indulgent in its prose and at others too fast to take in sufficiently, you can really te ...more
Patti
Oct 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Menna
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, novel
رواية سيرية عن العزلة، حب الطبيعة، وما معنى -أو جدوى- أن تكون مختلفا، وأن تترك قريتك الصغيرة لتجول الأرض باحثا عن الهوية والمعنى والوطن.
كلنا بيتر كامينتسند، على الأقل بدرجات متفاوتة.
تذكرني بمقطع من قصيدة لجويدة كان يقول فيها:

لقد كنت أعرف أني غريب
وأن زماني زمان عجيب
وأني سأحفر نهرا صغيرا وأغرق فيه
وأني سأنشد لحنا جميلا
وأدرك أني أغني لنفسي
وأني سأغرس حلما كبيرا
ويرحل عني.. وأشقى بيأسي
فماذا سأفعل يا أصدقاء؟
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Hermann Hesse was a German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize for 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.

In his time, Hesse was a popular and influential author in the German-speaking world; worldwide fame only c
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