Hunger

Hunger

Book - 2003
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One of the most important and controversial writers of the 20th century, Knut Hamsun made literary history with the publication in 1890 of this powerful, autobiographical novel recounting the abject poverty, hunger and despair of a young writer struggling to achieve self-discovery and its ultimate artistic expression. The book brilliantly probes the psychodynamics of alienation and obsession, painting an unforgettable portrait of a man driven by forces beyond his control to the edge of self-destruction. Hamsun influenced many of the major 20th-century writers who followed him, including Kafka, Joyce and Henry Miller. Required reading in world literature courses, the highly influential, landmark novel will also find a wide audience among lovers of books that probe the "unexplored crannies in the human soul" (George Egerton).
Publisher: Mineola, NY : Dover Publications, 2003
ISBN: 9780486431680
0486431681
Branch Call Number: F HAM NVD
Additional Contributors: Egerton, George 1859-1945

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TheeAvebury
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.

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Calvacade
Aug 14, 2017

Fantastic book- completely feverish and haunting.

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ieyre
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.

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sfogs
Mar 29, 2012

Really not my sort of book

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