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Growth of the Soil

By Knut Hamsun

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(Penguin Classics). Immediately recognized as a materpiece upon its publication in 1917, the novel tells of Isok, who leaves his village to clear a homestead and raise a family amid the untilled tracts of the Norwegian backcountry, Knut Hamsun evokes the elemental bond between humans and the land, creating a book of preternatural calm, stern beauty, and biblical power. With Explanatory and Textual Notes. 329p.
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Growth of the Soil

By Knut Hamsun

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When Knut Hamsun won the Nobel Prize in Literature, in 1920, it was mostly because "Growth of the Soil," an an epic vision of peasant life in Norway's backcountry. "Growth of the Soil" is the book that the common man of the day valued more than any other of his works, the book that the Germans had printed in "field-editions" to send with their soldiers to the fronts. But this is not an ideally portrait of the values in life - it is a very accurate description of how the life was in the outback for these early settlers, how extremely simple they were. It was not because they had achieved a great understanding of the meaning of life, readers in that belief are totally wrong. They had no choice, were not on terms with their inner-self at all, did not know comfort and beautiful music, could not afford to be fastidious. In "Growth of the Soil," Knut Hamsun has told the story of the simple, unsophisticated people breaking the land and struggling to live in Norway, and done it with such wisdom, humor, tenderness, and talent, that in many respects this is his best work.
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Growth of the Soil

By Knut Hamsun

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A grand, sweeping saga of sacrifice and struggle by a Nobel Laureate, this tale recaptures the world of Norwegian homesteaders at the turn of the 20th century.
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Growth of the Soil

By Knut Hamsun

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Isak grows in strength and stature as he carves a living from the soil of Norway
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Hunger

By Knut Hamsun

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Hunger

By Knut Hamsun

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First published in Norway in 1890, probes into the depths of consciousness with frightening and gripping power. Like the works of Dostoyevsky, it marks an extraordinary break with Western literary and humanistic traditions.
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Hunger

By Knut Hamsun

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Frist published in 1921. The book brilliantly probes the psychodynamics of alienation and obsession, painting an unforgettablely dire portrait of a man driven by forces beyond his control, to the edge of self-destruction. 134p. Pap.
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Hunger

By Knut Hamsun

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This story of a Norwegian artist who wanders the street, struggling on the edge of starvation is one of the most disturbing novels in existence. As hunger overtakes him, the artist slides inexorably into paranoia and despair. This descent into madness is recounted by the unnamed narrator in increasingly urgent and disjointed prose, as he loses his grip on reality. Knut Hamsun was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1920. 272p.
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Mysteries

By Knut Hamsun

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The eccentric behavior of a stranger brings excitement to a quiet Norwegian town.
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Mysteries

By Knut Hamsun

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In a Norwegian coastal town, society’s carefully woven threads begin to unravel when an unsettling stranger named Johan Nagel arrives. With an often brutal insight into human nature, Nagel draws out the townsfolk, exposing their darkest instincts and suppressed desires. At once arrogant and unassuming, righteous and depraved, Nagel seduces the entire community even as he turns it on its head—before disappearing as suddenly as he arrived.
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Victoria

By Knut Hamsun

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In nineteenth-century Norway, a poet falls in love with the daughter of a wealthy lord, but they find that social pressures and class barriers may destroy their romance.
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