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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.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998
Edition: Rev. ed
ISBN: 9780374525286
Branch Call Number: HAM
Characteristics: xvii, 242 p
Additional Contributors: Bly, Robert


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Oct 02, 2017

Hunger is required reading for serious students of all ages because it is a seminal book of the twentieth century even though it was written in the 1880s by the youthful visionary Hamsun at the start of his career. His masterful orchestration of increasingly vivid visceral descriptions of a young writer's struggle to earn enough to eat and sleep like a regular member of society are unforgettable. I strongly urge anyone to spend time with this masterpiece in order to understand the transition from older forms of the novel into modern literature. Hamsun invented the use of highly subjective interior narrative to depict both romantic stress and the complexity of self-knowledge gained through young people's attempts to negotiate with the opposite sex.

Aug 14, 2017

Fantastic book- completely feverish and haunting.

Jan 08, 2015

This is the wrong book!

MarioEnriqueRiosPinot Sep 25, 2013

I just finished this novel and it...I hesitate ti say enjoyable because of the suffering that goes on. Yet I did not feel brutalized by reading about his suffering. SPOILER, late alert. To offer a kindness to someone that is in need can be detrimental to their...self, honor, self worth. The other novel by Hamsun, was like the Good Earth but more earthy. He was awarded the Noble Prize. Hamsun later was sympathetic to the NAZI's.

Mar 29, 2012

Really not my sort of book

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