Hunger: A Novel

by Knut Hamsun | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0374531102 Global Overview for this book
Registered by weiterferne of Houston, Texas USA on 6/15/2014
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Journal Entry 1 by weiterferne from Houston, Texas USA on Sunday, June 15, 2014
Another Nobelprice author. From the back cover:

A true classic of modern literature - and a forerunner of the psychologically driven fiction of Kafka, Camus, and Saramago - Hunger is the story of Norwegian artist who wanders the streets of Christiana (now Oslo), struggling on the edge of starvation while trying to sell his articles to the local newspaper. As the hunger overtakes his body and his mind, the writer slides inexorably into paranoia and despair. The descent into madness is recounted by the unnamed narrator in increasingly urgent and disjointed prose as he loses his grip on his body and on reality itself. At the end - for reasons that remain unclear - he suddenly decides to to sign on as a crewman aboard a ship and leave the city behind, saving himself from his otherwise certain death. Arising from Hamsun's belief that literature ought to be about the mysterious workings of the human mind - an attempt, as he wrote, to describe "the whisper of the blood and the pleading of the bone marrow" - Hunger is a landmark work that pointed the way toward a new kind of novel.

That's a good description of the book. At times it is grotesque, it goes deep into the psyche of the main character and has a lot of thoughts about art and artists in it. Good read.

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