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 finds around him; after failed romances and a tragic friendship, his idealism fades into crushing hopelessness. He finds peace again only when he cares for Boppi, an invalid who renews Camenzind's love for humanity and inspires him once again to find joy in the smallest details of everyday life.
"Moving and profound. Hesse is a writer of suggestion, of nuance, of spiritual intimation."—The Christian Science Monitor
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"A spiritual adventure."—The Cincinnati Enquirer