Hunger by Knut Hamsun

Hunger is a novel by the Norwegian author Knut Hamsun and was published in its final form in 1890. Parts of it had been published anonymously in the Danish magazine Ny Jord in 1888. The novel is hailed as the literary opening of the 20th century and an outstanding example of modern, psychology-driven literature. It hails the irrationality of the human mind in an intriguing and sometimes humorous novel. It has been translated into English three times: in 1899 by Mary Chavelita Dunne (under the alias George Egerton), by Robert Bly in 1967, and by Sverre Lyngstad, whose translation is considered definitive. Written after Hamsun's return from an ill-fated tour of America, Hunger is loosely based on the author's own impoverished life before his breakthrough in 1890. Set in late 19th century Kristiania, the novel recounts the adventures of a starving young man whose sense of reality is giving way to a delusionary existence on the darker side of a modern metropolis. While he vainly tries to maintain an outer shell of respectability, his mental and physical decay are recounted in detail. His ordeal, enhanced by his inability or unwillingness to pursue a professional career, which he deems unfit for someone of his abilities, is pictured in a series of encounters which Hamsun himself described as 'a series of analyses.'

The 180th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 69th on The Novel 100: A Ranking of the Greatest Novels of All Time (The Novel 100)
  2. - Donald Barthelme’s Reading List (Believer Mag)
  3. - Top 100 Works in World Literature (Norwegian Book Clubs, with the Norwegian Nobel Institute)
  4. - Masterpieces of World Literature (Frank N. Magill)
  5. - The Bigger Read List (English PEN)
  6. - 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (The Book)
  7. - ZEIT-Bibliothek der 100 Bücher (Die Zeit)

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Hunger: A Novel Paperback 1510753 $52.00 $1.99 1998
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Hunger - Illustrated Kindle Edition 844232 $0.99 2012
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The Works of Knut Hamsun: Pan, The Growth of the Soil, Hunger, Shallow Soil, Under the Autumn Star and More (6 Books With Active Table of Contents) Kindle Edition 314332 $1.99 2012
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Hunger - Classic Illustrated Edition Kindle Edition 157990 2014
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Hunger (Picador Books) Paperback 8234544 $76.79 $3.92 1976
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Hunger: A Novel Paperback 1307239 $8.98 $2.19 1967
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