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By (author) Knut Hamsun

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  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
  • Format: Paperback | 136 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 208mm x 10mm | 140g
  • Publication date: 17 November 2003
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0486431681
  • ISBN 13: 9780486431680
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  • Sales rank: 11,547

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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).

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By Anthony 11 Feb 2014 5

Knut Hamsun's Hunger is a synopsis of the psychological journey through the mind of a starving writer. It demonstrates the pride driven irrationality of the human soul in search for passion & acceptance.

Increasingly dark, our protagonist deteriorates, starving within his illusionary existence. Poignent, foolish, irrational, darkly humourous and unmistakenly a classic. I found myself intrigued and fascinated throughout.

Highly recommended literature and for me a great introduction to the Norwegian author Knut Hamsun.