Hunger is regarded as one of the major modernist novels, anticipating and influencing much fiction that was to follow, from Joyce to Kafka to Camus and Kelman. Set in Oslo, Hunger is a compelling journey into the mind of a young writer who is driven by starvation to constantly fluctuating extremes of euphoria and despair. It is a study of the psychological hinterlands - to the very edges of experience - where few writers have the courage to tread.
Disturbing and difficult as this nightmarish novel is, it is a work of imaginative brilliance that resonates in our own day. * * Herald * * An excellent new translation . . . this Hunger deserves to be the standard English version. Canongate did well to secure it. * * Times Literary Supplement * * Hunger is the crux of Hamsun's claims to mastery. This is the classic novel of humiliation, even beyond Dostoevsky. * * Observer * * Hunger is undoubtedly one of the most important novels of the modern age. At last it has found a translator capable of doing justice to its immense power and complexity: Lyngstad's deserves to become the standard English version. -- Duncan McClean
About Knut Hamsun
Knut Hamsun was born in Norway in 1859. Hunger was his first novel and was published to great acclaim in 1890. He went on to write thirty novels and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1920, but his later work never matched the dazzling originality of his earlier novels. He died in 1953.
Hunger by Knut Hamsun
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