Growth of the Soil

ISBN-10: 0143105108
ISBN-13: 9780143105107
Edition: 2007
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Description: The epic novel of man and nature that won its author the Nobel Prize in Literaturethe first new English translation since the novels original publication ninety years ago When it was first published in 1917, Growth of the Soilwas immediately  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/25/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

The epic novel of man and nature that won its author the Nobel Prize in Literaturethe first new English translation since the novels original publication ninety years ago When it was first published in 1917, Growth of the Soilwas immediately recognized as a masterpiece. Ninety years later it remains a transporting literary experience. In the story of Isak, who leaves his village to clear a homestead and raise a family amid the untilled tracts of the Norwegian back country, Knut Hamsun evokes the elemental bond between humans and the land. Newly translated by the acclaimed Hamsun scholar Sverre Lyngstad, Hamsuns novel is a work of preternatural calm, stern beauty, and biblical powerand the crowning achievement of one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century.

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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