Knut Hamsun - Author

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Knut Hamsun was born in Norway in 1859. Hunger was his first novel and was published to great acclaim in 1890. He went on to write thirty novels and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1920, but his later work never matched the dazzling originality of his earlier novels. He died in 1953.

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Knut Hamsun Remembers America Essays and Stories, 1885-1949

Knut Hamsun Remembers America Essays and Stories, 1885-1949

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/08/2018

When Americans remember him at all, they no doubt think of Knut Hamsun (1859-1952) as the author of Hunger or as the Norwegian who, along with Vidkun Quisling, betrayed his country by supporting the Nazis during World War II. Yet Hamsun, winner of the Nobel Prize in 1920 for his novel The Growth of the Soil, was and remains one of the most important and influential novelists of his time. Knut Hamsun Remembers America is a collection of thirteen essays and stories based largely on Hamsun's experiences during the four years he spent in the United States when he was a young man. Most of these pieces have never been published before in an English translation, and none are readily available. Hamsun's feelings about America and American ways were complex. For the most part, they were more negative than positive, and they found expression in many of his writings-directly in his reminiscences and indirectly in his fiction. In On the Cultural Life of Modern America, his first major book, he portrayed the United States as a land of gross and greedy materialism, populated by illiterates who were utterly lacking in artistic originality or refinement. Although the pieces in this collection are not all anti-American, most of them emphasize the strangeness and unpleasantness, as the author saw it, of life in what he called Yankeeland. Arranged chronologically, the pieces fall into three categories: Critical Reporting, Memory and Fantasy, and Mellow Reminiscence. The Critical Reporting section includes articles that appeared in Norwegian or Danish newspapers soon after each of Hamsun's two visits to America and that give his views on a variety of American subjects, and includes an essay devoted to Mark Twain. Memory and Fantasy comprises narratives of life in America, most of which are presented as personal experiences but which actually are blends of fact and fiction. Mellow Reminiscence includes later and fonder recollections and impressions of the United States. The pieces in this collection provide variations on a theme that runs through much of American history-European criticism of American ways. They give vivid, at times distorted, pictures of life as it was in the United States. They tell us something about the development of the worldview of a man who became a great writer, only to jeopardize his reputation by defending the Nazi oppressors of his own people. Knut Hamsun Remembers America will appeal to anyone interested in the history of American civilization or, more specifically, in the history of anti-Americanism.

Shallow Soil

Shallow Soil

Author: Knut Hamsun, Carl Christian Hyllested Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/05/2018

Growth of the Soil. Volume Two, Pp. 1-275

Growth of the Soil. Volume Two, Pp. 1-275

Author: Knut Hamsun, W W Worster Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/05/2018

Fra Det Moderne Amerikas Aandsliv

Fra Det Moderne Amerikas Aandsliv

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/05/2018

Growth of the Soil, Vol. II

Growth of the Soil, Vol. II

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/05/2018

Mothwise

Mothwise

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/05/2018

Pan

Pan

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/08/2017

Growth of the Soil

Growth of the Soil

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/08/2017

Dreamers

Dreamers

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/08/2017

Mothwise

Mothwise

Author: Knut Hamsun, W W Webster Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/08/2017

Dreamers

Dreamers

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/08/2017

Growth of the Soil; Volume 1

Growth of the Soil; Volume 1

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/08/2017

Selected Letters 1898-1952

Selected Letters 1898-1952

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/08/2017

This, the second of a two-volume edition of the selected letters of Knut Hamsun in English translation, follows the career of this major European novelist and writer, from his problem-filled middle life at the turn of the century to his death at the age of 92 in 1952. These letters reveal many aspects of Hamsun's private and public life: the tireless and total dedication to his writing which earned him the Nobel Prize in 1922, the personal anguish and joy which two marriages and a divorce brought him, the strange juxtaposition of the warmly sympathetic and the unexpectedly repellent sides of his personality, and the political defiance of his later years which left him alienated and alone among his fellow countrymen.

Hunger

Hunger

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: eBook Release Date: 03/07/2017

Hunger is a novel by the Norwegian author Knut Hamsun. The novel has been 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. 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.' In many ways, the protagonist of the novel displays traits reminiscent of Raskolnikov, whose creator, Fyodor Dostoevsky, was one of Hamsun's main influences.

Hunger

Hunger

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/05/2017

Hunger

Hunger

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/05/2017

Look Back on Happiness

Look Back on Happiness

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/05/2017

Growth of the Soil

Growth of the Soil

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/05/2017

Growth of the Soil

Growth of the Soil

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/05/2017

Look Back on Happiness

Look Back on Happiness

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/05/2017

Pan

Pan

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2016

In this dreamlike parable from Norwegian writer Knut Hamsun, a disenchanted military man and the daughter of a small-town merchant cross paths one day and instantly fall prey to a heated mutual attraction. But can the passionate romance survive their drastically different backgrounds and beliefs?

Pan

Pan

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2016

In this dreamlike parable from Norwegian writer Knut Hamsun, a disenchanted military man and the daughter of a small-town merchant cross paths one day and instantly fall prey to a heated mutual attraction. But can the passionate romance survive their drastically different backgrounds and beliefs?

Hunger

Hunger

Author: Knut Hamsun, Jo Nesbo, Paul Auster Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/01/2016

INTRODUCTION BY JO NESBO AFTERWORD BY PAUL AUSTER Nineteenth-century Kristiania is an unforgiving place, and work is thin on the ground. Roaming the streets of Norway's capital, a penniless young writer searches for inspiration whilst trying desperately to make ends meet. Driven to extraordinary lengths, sleeping under the stars with his stomach growling, the writer's behaviour becomes increasingly irrational and his world spirals into chaos. Hunger was Knut Hamsun's first novel and earned him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1920. A disturbing and darkly humorous masterpiece of existential fiction, Hunger anticipated and influenced some of the twentieth century's most acclaimed writers including Camus, Kafka and Fante.

Dreamers

Dreamers

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/08/2015

Mothwise

Mothwise

Author: Knut Hamsun, W W Webster Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/08/2015

Dreamers

Dreamers

Author: Knut Hamsun, William W Worster Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/08/2015

Pan

Pan

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/08/2015

Growth of the Soil; Volume 1

Growth of the Soil; Volume 1

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/08/2015

Growth of the Soil

Growth of the Soil

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/08/2015

Hunger

Hunger

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: eBook Release Date: 08/04/2015

This existential novel by Norwegian author, Knut Hamsun, is often compared to works by Dostoevsky or Emile Zola, two of his main influences. Hunger has been called the "e;literary opening of the 20th century"e; and is a psychological narrative of a man whose interior is in a state of decay. Knut Hamsun won the Nobel Prixe for literature and Hunger is one of his finest novels.Xist Publishing is a digital-first publisher. Xist Publishing creates books for the touchscreen generation and is dedicated to helping everyone develop a lifetime love of reading, no matter what form it takes

Mothwise

Mothwise

Author: Knut Hamsun, Richard Eccles Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/03/2015

Det Vilde Kor - Scholar's Choice Edition

Det Vilde Kor - Scholar's Choice Edition

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/02/2015

Hunger - Scholar's Choice Edition

Hunger - Scholar's Choice Edition

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/02/2015

Hunger - Scholar's Choice Edition

Hunger - Scholar's Choice Edition

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/02/2015

Pan

Pan

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/05/2014

Growth of the Soil

Growth of the Soil

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: eBook Release Date: 02/07/2013

A grand, sweeping saga of sacrifice and struggle, this epic tale recaptures the world of Norwegian homesteaders at the turn of the twentieth century. Isak and Inger, an idealistic young couple, reject modern society to raise their family on a back country farm. Isak's embrace of outdoor life reflects author Knut Hamsun's attitude of rugged individualism and his back-to-nature philosophy. Rich in symbolism, this moving tale of peasant life and the search for spiritual fulfillment in nature continues to resonate with modern readers. First published in Norwegian in 1917, Growth of the Soil created an international sensation and led to the author's 1920 Nobel Prize in Literature. The New Yorker noted that "e;the list of those who loved [Hamsun's] sly, anarchic voice is long,"e; naming Ernest Hemingway, Hermann Hesse, and André Gide as fans. "e;I am not usually lavish with my praise,"e; remarked H. G. Wells, "e;but indeed the book impresses me as among the very greatest novels I have ever read."e;

Hunger

Hunger

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: eBook Release Date: 18/06/2013

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.' In many ways, the protagonist of the novel displays traits reminiscent of Raskolnikov, whose creator, Fyodor Dostoevsky, was one of Hamsun's main influences. The influence of naturalist authors such as Emile Zola is apparent in the novel, as is his rejection of the realist tradition.

Hunger

Hunger

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: eBook Release Date: 16/01/2013

One of the most important and controversial writers of the 20th century, Knut Hamsun made literary history with the publication in 1890 of this powerful, autobiographical novel recounting the abject poverty, hunger and despair of a young writer struggling to achieve self-discovery and its ultimate artistic expression. The book brilliantly probes the psychodynamics of alienation and obsession, painting an unforgettable portrait of a man driven by forces beyond his control to the edge of self-destruction. Hamsun influenced many of the major 20th-century writers who followed him, including Kafka, Joyce and Henry Miller. Required reading in world literature courses, the highly influential, landmark novel will also find a wide audience among lovers of books that probe the "e;unexplored crannies in the human soul"e; (George Egerton).

Hunger

Hunger

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/12/2012

Pan

Pan

Author: Knut Hamsun, Edwin Bjorkman Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/01/2012

Hunger

Hunger

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2010

A must-read for fans of modernist literature, Hunger is a literary tour de force that was influenced equally by Dostoyevsky and Zola but made new by author Knut Hamsun's unique creative approach. The novel details the descent into near-starvation of a young intellectual and the downward spiral of misadventures he encounters in the course of trying to find food.

Growth of the Soil

Growth of the Soil

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/09/2010

Ring is Closed

Ring is Closed

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/04/2010

Shallow Soil

Shallow Soil

Author: Knut Hamsun, Carl Christian Hyllested Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/11/2009

Shallow Soil

Shallow Soil

Author: Knut Hamsun, Carl Christian Hyllested Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2009

Hunger

Hunger

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2009

Badas Verte Svencioniskis

Badas Verte Svencioniskis

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/09/2009

Badas Verte Svencioniskis

Badas Verte Svencioniskis

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2009

En Vandrer Spiller Med Sordin

En Vandrer Spiller Med Sordin

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/09/2009

En Vandrer Spiller Med Sordin

En Vandrer Spiller Med Sordin

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2009

En Vandrer Spiller Med Sordin

En Vandrer Spiller Med Sordin

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/09/2009

Wanderers

Wanderers

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/09/2009

En Vandrer Spiller Med Sordin

En Vandrer Spiller Med Sordin

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2009

Badas Verte Svencioniskis

Badas Verte Svencioniskis

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/08/2009

Look Back on Happiness

Look Back on Happiness

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2009

Fra Det Moderne Amerikas Aandsliv

Fra Det Moderne Amerikas Aandsliv

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/06/2009

Fra Det Moderne Amerikas Aandsliv

Fra Det Moderne Amerikas Aandsliv

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/05/2009

Det Vilde Kor

Det Vilde Kor

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/05/2009

Det Vilde Kor

Det Vilde Kor

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/05/2009

Growth of the Soil

Growth of the Soil

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: eBook Release Date: 01/05/2009

Knut Hamsun's novel The Growth of the Soil won the Norwegian writer a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1920. English translator W. W. Worster summed up the novel with these words: "e;It is the life story of a man in the wilds, the genesis and gradual development of a homestead, the unit of humanity, in the unfilled, uncleared tracts that still remain in the Norwegian Highlands."e; "e;It is an epic of earth; the history of a microcosm. Its dominant note is one of patient strength and simplicity; the mainstay of its working is the tacit, stern, yet loving alliance between Nature and the Man who faces her himself, trusting to himself and her for the physical means of life, and the spiritual contentment with life which she must grant if he be worthy."e; "e;Modern man faces Nature only by proxy, or as proxy, through others or for others, and the intimacy is lost. In the wilds the contact is direct and immediate; it is the foothold upon earth, the touch of the soil itself, that gives strength."e; "e;The story is epic in its magnitude, in its calm, steady progress and unhurrying rhythm, in its vast and intimate humanity. The author looks upon his characters with a great, all-tolerant sympathy, aloof yet kindly, as a god. A more objective work of fiction it would be hard to find--certainly in what used to be called 'the neurasthenic North.'"e;

Hunger

Hunger

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/01/2009

Hunger

Hunger

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/01/2009

Hunger

Hunger

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/10/2008

Hunger

Hunger

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/10/2008

Gedacmpftes Saitenspiel Roman (Large Print Edition)

Gedacmpftes Saitenspiel Roman (Large Print Edition)

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/08/2008

Gedacmpftes Saitenspiel Roman

Gedacmpftes Saitenspiel Roman

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/08/2008

Gedacmpftes Saitenspiel Roman

Gedacmpftes Saitenspiel Roman

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/08/2008

Gedacmpftes Saitenspiel Roman (Large Print Edition)

Gedacmpftes Saitenspiel Roman (Large Print Edition)

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/08/2008

Shallow Soil

Shallow Soil

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/08/2008

Wanderers

Wanderers

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/08/2008

Hunger

Hunger

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/08/2008

Growth of the Soil

Growth of the Soil

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/08/2008

Shallow Soil

Shallow Soil

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/08/2008

Wanderers

Wanderers

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/08/2008

Pan

Pan

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/08/2008

Pan

Pan

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/08/2008

Pan

Pan

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/07/2008

Growth of the Soil

Growth of the Soil

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/07/2008

Wanderers

Wanderers

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/05/2008

Shallow Soil

Shallow Soil

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/05/2008

Pan

Pan

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/03/2008

Growth of the Soil

Growth of the Soil

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/03/2008

Hunger

Hunger

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2008

Pan

Pan

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/03/2007

Pan

Pan

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/03/2007

Hunger

Hunger

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/03/2007

Hunger

Hunger

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/03/2007

Knut Hamsun Remembers America Essays and Stories, 1885-1949

Knut Hamsun Remembers America Essays and Stories, 1885-1949

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/05/2003

A Wanderer Plays On Muted Strings

A Wanderer Plays On Muted Strings

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/2000

Tales of Love and Loss

Tales of Love and Loss

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/06/1997

Mysteries

Mysteries

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/02/1992

Selected Letters 1879-98

Selected Letters 1879-98

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/12/1990

This selection from Knut Hamsun's voluminous correspondence includes material from his years in America in the 1890s. There is an extensive commentary and notes. Knut Hamsun was the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1922.

Growth of the Soil

Growth of the Soil

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/04/1989

The Cultural Life of Modern America

The Cultural Life of Modern America

Author: Knut Hamsun Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/02/1969

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