Hunger

ISBN-10: 0141180641
ISBN-13: 9780141180649
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/1/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

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.

Knut Pedersen Hamsun was born in Gudbrandsdalen, Norway on August 4, 1859 and grew up in poverty in Hamar�y. At the age of 17, he became an apprentice to a ropemaker and also began to dabble in writing. This eventually became his full-time career. He wrote numerous books during his lifetime including The Intellectual Life of Modern America, Hunger, and Pan. In 1920, his novel Growth of the Soil, a book describing the attraction and honesty of working with the land, won the Nobel Prize in Literature. As a supporter of Hitler and the Nazi Occupation of Norway during World War II, Hamsun was charged with treason for his affiliation with the party after the war ended. His property was seized, he was placed under psychiatric observation, and his last years were spent in poverty. He died on February 19, 1952. A 15-volume compilation of his complete works was published posthumously in 1954.

Knut Hamsun(18591952) won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1920. Sverre Lyngstadhas translated Hamsuns other novels for Penguin Classics and is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English and comparative literature at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Brad Leithauseris a MacArthur Prizewinning novelist, poet, and critic who writes frequently about Nordic literature and teaches at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts.

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