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ISBN13: 9780141180649
ISBN10: 0141180641
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Contemptuous of contemporary novels and what he saw as stereotypical plots and empty characters, in 1890 Knut Hamsun wrote "Hunger", which is a searing excursion into the realm of the irrational. In a moment-by-moment internal monologue, Hamsun reveals the profound anguish of a struggling writer facing the possibility of death in a world indifferent to his existence .

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First published in Norway in 1890, probes into the depths of consciousness with frightening and gripping power. Like the works of Dostoyevsky, it marks an extraordinary break with Western literary and humanistic traditions.

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Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Originally published in 1890, this classic of modern literature follows an impoverished Norwegian writer through the streets of Christiania (now Olso) as he struggles on the edge of starvation. Existing on what little money he makes from selling the occasional article to the local paper, and down to pawning the clothes on his back, the young writer slowly loses control of his reason and begins to slip increasingly into bouts of madness, paranoia, and despair.

A gripping portrait of an artist struggling for integrity, Hunger mirrors the dire straits of Hamsun's own life when he brought this, his then incomplete first novel, to a publisher in 1888.

About the Author

Nobel Prize winner Knut Hamsun (1858–1952) worked as a laborer in both Scandinavia and America before establishing himself as a successful playwright and novelist.

Sverre Lyngstad, the preeminent scholar of Norwegian literature, is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Sverre Lyngstad, the preeminent scholar of Norwegian literature, is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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eswenson1075, August 28, 2006 (view all comments by eswenson1075)
We recently visited Scandinavia and enjoyed strolling around Oslo, so it was fun to read "Hunger" and feel both inside the author's experiences but also in the city, of a century ago. The book is quite unique even a century after ifs writing, in that one sees and feels through the author and senses that there qwas more thabn enough real hunger to go around.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780141180649
Editor:
Lyngstad, Sverre
Editor:
Lyngstad, Sverre
Author:
Hamsun, Knut
Author:
Undset, Sigrid
Author:
Lyngstad, Sverre
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Continental european fiction (fictional works
Subject:
Authors
Subject:
Depression, mental
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
European - Scandinavian
Subject:
Genius
Subject:
Oslo
Subject:
Norway
Subject:
Iceland
Subject:
Autobiographical fiction
Subject:
Authors, Norwegian.
Subject:
Iceland History To 1262 Fiction.
Subject:
Oslo (Norway) Fiction.
Subject:
Authors, Norwegian -- 19th century -- Fiction.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Twentieth Century Classics
Series Volume:
7
Publication Date:
19980231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.76x5.10x.43 in. .37 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 240 pages Penguin Books - English 9780141180649 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by ,

First published in Norway in 1890, probes into the depths of consciousness with frightening and gripping power. Like the works of Dostoyevsky, it marks an extraordinary break with Western literary and humanistic traditions.

"Synopsis" by ,
Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Originally published in 1890, this classic of modern literature follows an impoverished Norwegian writer through the streets of Christiania (now Olso) as he struggles on the edge of starvation. Existing on what little money he makes from selling the occasional article to the local paper, and down to pawning the clothes on his back, the young writer slowly loses control of his reason and begins to slip increasingly into bouts of madness, paranoia, and despair.

A gripping portrait of an artist struggling for integrity, Hunger mirrors the dire straits of Hamsun's own life when he brought this, his then incomplete first novel, to a publisher in 1888.

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