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... show more
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.
Publish date: February 28th 1998
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages no: 243
Edition language: English
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, Literary Fiction
, 19th Century
, Nobel Prize
, Scandinavian Literature
DNFed at 50%.If only I didn't know what happened at the ending... until then it's a story of an impoverished man, a classic struggling artist, wandering in the streets with hunger. Felt very Tropic of Cancer at first, but unlike Miller, the protagonist blames God for all his misery. It is less obsce...
I picked this book up for a goodreads group read—and, honestly, only because it was on the 1001 books list. And I am so glad I did. Originally published in 1890 in Norway, it doesn't feel dated or culturally "different" (to boring American me). It feels like it could be happening now, to the man t...
I was not sure that I would like this work. In part because I know that Hamsun, became a fascist later in his life, and that made me think that we would be temperamentally a poor match. Also, I just read Ibsen for the first time and was disappointed, so I quite unfairly was wary of Hamsun. In fact...
Nearly became a bit of a method reader with this one. Not sure why but I fasted for a day and even contemplated sleeping on the cold hard floor - certainly allowed me to immerse a little deeper into the thoughts and feelings of the unnamed protagonist. The book reminded me a bit of Solzhenitsyn's On...
The frenetic story of a young man down on his luck, starving, near homeless, freezing, manic. This is Raskolnikov minus malice, by all accounts a vital stepping stone in the development of modern literature. I just didn't love it.Now if I had read this around the same age I was when I read Crime and...
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