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Victoria (Penguin Classics)

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Knut Hamsun was one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, who, because of his Nazi sympathies during WWII, was almost completely wiped from the literary landscape. Fortunately for us (but this is still being debated!) many of his works are now available in English, superbly translated by Sverre Lyngstad. Other translations pale in comparison, and many (the Bly in particular) are clumsy; some even omit entire passages of Hamsun's work. Victoria is rapturous and crushing in its telling of the love between a poor Norwegian man and the daughter in a shabby genteel family. Then again, what sort of love finds itself doomed by the issue of class? Well, that's a different debate...
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When it first appeared in 1898, this fourth novel by celebrated Norwegian writer Knut Hamsun captured instant acclaim for its poetic, psychologically intense portrayal of love’s predicament in a class-bound society. Set in a coastal village of late nineteenth-century Norway, Victoria follows two doomed lovers through their thwarted lifelong romance. Johannes, the son of a miller, finds inspiration for his writing in his passionate devotion to Victoria, an impoverished aristocrat constrained by family loyalty. Separated by class barriers and social pressure, the fated pair parts ways, only to realize—too late—the grave misfortune of their lost opportunity. Elegantly rendered in this brand-new translation by Sverre Lyngstad, Victoria’s haunting lyricism and emotional depth remain as timeless as ever.

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A powerful, even seductive text. (George Steiner)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143039372
Translator:
Lyngstad, Sverre
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Translator:
Lyngstad, Sverre
Author:
Knut, Hamsun
Author:
Hamsun, Knut
Author:
Lyngstad, Sverre
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series:
Penguin Classics
Publication Date:
20051131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
7.80x5.06x.28 in. .22 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Knut Hamsun was one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, who, because of his Nazi sympathies during WWII, was almost completely wiped from the literary landscape. Fortunately for us (but this is still being debated!) many of his works are now available in English, superbly translated by Sverre Lyngstad. Other translations pale in comparison, and many (the Bly in particular) are clumsy; some even omit entire passages of Hamsun's work. Victoria is rapturous and crushing in its telling of the love between a poor Norwegian man and the daughter in a shabby genteel family. Then again, what sort of love finds itself doomed by the issue of class? Well, that's a different debate...

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