In a moment of 'emotion recollected in tranquility', Peter Camenzind recounts the days of his youth: his happy childhood in a remote mountain village, his deep, abiding love of nature, the first girl he loves, and his discovery of literature which inspires him to leave the village and become a writer. He goes on to describe his student days in Zurich, his wanderings in Italy, and the dreams, yearnings and infatuations which fill his life. Romantic, lyrical and often melancholy, Peter Camenzind was Hermann Hesse's first successful novel, and in many ways foreshadowed the journeys he was to describe in his later work.
"One of the most penetrating accounts of a young man trying to discover the nature of his creative talent"
The Times Literary Supplement