Hunger: a novel

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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[1967]
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A modernist masterpiece: the Nobel Prize winner's first and most important novel A Penguin Classic First published in Norway in 1890, Hunger probes the depths of consciousness with frightening and gripping power. Contemptuous of novels of his time and what he saw as their stereotypical plots and empty characters, Knut Hamsun embarked on "an attempt to describe the strange, peculiar life of the mind, the mysteries of the nerves in a starving body." Like the works of Dostoyevsky, it marks an extraordinary break with Western literary and humanistic traditions.

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display_description Knut Hamsun believed that modern literature should express the complexity of the human mind and nowhere is that philosophy more evident than in this stunning modern masterpiece, "Hunger." First published in 1890 in Norwegian and based on Hamsun's own experiences with poverty prior to his success as an author, "Hunger" tells the story of an unnamed vagrant who stumbles around the streets of Norway's capital city of Kristiania (now Oslo) looking for food. This starving young man attempts to create an outward illusion of sanity and rationality, but his inner mind is becoming increasingly disturbed and delusional. He is kind to others and generous with the little he has, but he also refuses to find work to help support himself and becomes sicker and sicker in both his mind and body as he starves. His deterioration, both mental and physical, is captured in stunning and shocking detail. While the ending is one of hope and optimism, "Hunger" is a searing portrait of poverty and despair, as well as a biting social commentary on modern urban life and how desperate things can become for the poor in large cities. Nobel Prize winning Hamsun is at his best in this classic of modern literature. This edition includes a biographical afterword.
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subject_facet Authors -- Fiction, Authors, Norwegian -- 19th century -- Fiction, Depression, Mental -- Fiction, Electronic books, Genius -- Fiction, Hunger -- Fiction, Norway -- Fiction, Norwegian literature -- Translations into English, Oslo (Norway) -- Fiction, Starvation -- Fiction, Urban poor -- Fiction
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