Hunger

Hunger

Book - 1998
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In a moment-by-moment internal monologue, the novel portrays the profound anguish of a struggling writer facing the possibility of death in a world indifferent to his existence.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 1998
ISBN: 9780141180649
0141180641
Branch Call Number: FIC HAMSUN
Characteristics: xxix, 206 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Lyngstad, Sverre

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IndyPL_JasonD May 07, 2019

A great novel about an author in extreme poverty in Christiania (or today Oslo, Norway) that continues to write. He continually tries, and convincingly to write something of value or meaning. The story is perhaps an autobiography or perhaps not (Hamsun), told in a very powerful form of stream of consciousness.

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RoyalJellyIII
Oct 02, 2017

Hunger is required reading for serious students of all ages because it is a seminal book of the twentieth century even though it was written in the 1880s by the youthful visionary Hamsun at the start of his career. His masterful orchestration of increasingly vivid visceral descriptions of a young writer's struggle to earn enough to eat and sleep like a regular member of society are unforgettable. I strongly urge anyone to spend time with this masterpiece in order to understand the transition from older forms of the novel into modern literature. Hamsun invented the use of highly subjective interior narrative to depict both romantic stress and the complexity of self-knowledge gained through young people's attempts to negotiate with the opposite sex.

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Calvacade
Aug 14, 2017

Fantastic book- completely feverish and haunting.

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ieyre
Jan 08, 2015

This is the wrong book!

MarioEnriqueRiosPinot Sep 25, 2013

I just finished this novel and it...I hesitate ti say enjoyable because of the suffering that goes on. Yet I did not feel brutalized by reading about his suffering. SPOILER, late alert. To offer a kindness to someone that is in need can be detrimental to their...self, honor, self worth. The other novel by Hamsun, was like the Good Earth but more earthy. He was awarded the Noble Prize. Hamsun later was sympathetic to the NAZI's.

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sfogs
Mar 29, 2012

Really not my sort of book

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