Growth of the Soil
The epic novel of man and nature that won its author the Nobel Prize in Literature-the first new English translation since the novel's original publication ninety years ago When it was first published in 1917, Growth of the Soil was immediately recognized as a masterpiece. Ninety years later it... show more
The epic novel of man and nature that won its author the Nobel Prize in Literature-the first new English translation since the novel's original publication ninety years ago When it was first published in 1917, Growth of the Soil was immediately recognized as a masterpiece. Ninety years later it remains a transporting literary experience. In the story of Isak, who leaves his village to clear a homestead and raise a family amid the untilled tracts of the Norwegian back country, Knut Hamsun evokes the elemental bond between humans and the land. Newly translated by the acclaimed Hamsun scholar Sverre Lyngstad, Hamsun's novel is a work of preternatural calm, stern beauty, and biblical power-and the crowning achievement of one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century.
Publish date: September 25th 2007
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Literary Fiction
, 20th Century
, Nobel Prize
, Scandinavian Literature
Very different from his novel Hunger, here Hamsun has written a sweeping story of one man's accomplishments as a homesteader in northern Norway near the border with Sweden.Isak, a young and very strong man, with no fear of work, goes looking for a good place to settle. He walks and walks, looking fo...
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Nutty NUUT readTo find Project Gutenberg provides:http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/10984Translated from the Norwegian by W.W. WORSTER[ORIGINAL TITLE "MARKENS GRØDE"]The long, long road over the moors and up into the forest--who trod it into being first of all? Man, a human being, the first that came ...
The Growth of the Soil is about Isak and the work on his land in the wilds. Over time, he grows more prosperous, there are more people and more technology, but Isak never deviates from his work. He never lets anything change him. There isn't much that really happens, but the book solidifies the mess...