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Hunger by Knut Hamsun


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A struggling writer, stricken by poverty, is caught on a psychological roller-coaster ride of terrifying intensity. According to the Observer this is the classic novel of humiliation, even beyond Dostoevsky.

If you like Knut Hamsun you might also like to read books by Franz Kafka, James Kelman and Albert Camus.

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Hunger by Knut Hamsun

Hunger is the compelling journey into the mind of a young writer who is driven by starvation to constantly fluctuating extremes of euphoria and despair. It is a study of the psychological hinterlands - the very edges of experience - where few writers have courage to tread.


'Disturbing and difficult as this nightmarish novel is, it is a work of imaginative brilliance that resonates in our own day.' - Herald

About the Author

Knut Hamsun

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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Publication date

4th August 2011


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