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Hunger (1890) - Knut Hamsun

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Knut Hamsun first received acclaim for his 1890 novel Sult, translated as Hunger. The semi-autobiographical work described a young writer's descent into near madness as a result of hunger and poverty. In many ways, the novel presages the writings of Franz Kafka and other twentieth-century novelists, who explored the madness of the contemporary human condition. [Aug 2006]


  • Sult/Hunger (1890) - Knut Hamsun [Amazon.com]
    Fante revered and studied the great Nobel Prize-winning Norwegian, Knut Hamsun, perhaps the father of modernism, whose first novel, Hunger, published in 1890, predated James Joyce and Marcel Proust in chronicling in prose a character’s deeply interior voice, self-awareness and the dawning of consciousness. --Steve Weinstein for amazon.com

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