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Hunger by Knut Hamsun
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Hunger (1890)

by Knut Hamsun

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It is not a sad book, yet it is one of the sad ones I read in my life.
A book about a broken man: hunger here is secondary, although there is no doubt that from a physiological point of view, such extreme hunger as described in the book can lead to such madness. But it's mainly a book about a broken man, and about childhood dreams that slowly die with him.
Hunger? Hunger is just an excuse. Hunger is purifying. Hunger kills. ( )
  AmandaParker | Jan 19, 2019 |
What an engaging feverish read! This novel does not read like it's 130 years old nor like it was translated. Very quick easy read, a page turner despite there being essentially no plot. The unnamed main character narrator borders on being annoying and exasperating, but in the end I felt mostly sympathy for him. Clearly mentally ill and constantly struggling with poverty and starvation, he makes one bad decision after another but it seems they derive largely from his last attempts to hold onto dignity and self-respect. A timely or maybe timeless tale. ( )
1 vote technodiabla | Dec 13, 2018 |
What a rollercoaster! Reading this book took a lot out of me. Not because it's hard to read, but because the main character's (unnamed) constant changes in mood. He'll be riding on clouds at first, then he's acting as if he's the scourge of the earth. You really get caught up in it, and that all points back to the author's ability. The ending was a little abiguous to me, though. I don't like leaving my characters to an uncertain future. ( )
  rnmdfrd | Sep 19, 2018 |
If you've not read Crime and Punishment, then this is a good place to start. Far, far shorter, it is nevertheless cram packed with the fevered wanderings of a protagonist whose own fate he fumbles daily. However, in Crime, although you can't really sympathise with the motive, you can with Raskolnikov's tortured mental outcome. In Hunger, you are constantly questioning why the narrotor doesn't avail himself of the opportunities he obviously has to better himself.

But perhaps that's the point. Hunger, pure persistent hunger, can reduce people to cycles of confusion and dependency that can be hard to break out of. Time and again, he's offered a helping hand but he refuses, preferring instead to take advantage only of funds or food which aren't, by rights, his. These only serve to add pangs of conscience to those of the stomach.

Every other character is ephemeral. None are fleshed out, and all seem phantom and dreamlike. Even the mysterious woman he names Ylajali is barely present despite her appearing repeatedly. It's as if he's floating through a world of ghosts.

A contempt for all is apparent throughout as, no doubt, a reflection of the contempt Hamsen himself felt against society when he himself was struggling as an impoverished author prior to his success.

Hamsen would go on to far greater literary success, particularly with Growth of the Soil. For me, there was little here that hadn't been done before by Dostoevsky. The only difference I could really come up with, and it's a fairly important one, is that we know for sure that Raskolnikov brought things on his own head. However, both form two parts of an important view and I can see how it has its place being the other side of the coin of poverty, so to speak.

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2 vote arukiyomi | Sep 15, 2018 |
Một truyện ngắn của Tuốc-ghê-nhép trong sách tiếng Việt cấp 1 kể về một người ăn xin hỏi một cậu bé qua đường xem có gì cho ông không, cậu bé không có đồng xu nào trong túi nhưng ông lão ăn xin và cậu nhìn nhau cho rằng cả hai đều nhận được chút gì đó của nhau. Chút gì đó là chút gì?

Còn gì buồn hơn câu nói: "Tôi nghĩ rằng mình vẫn còn là một con người tử tế". Nhân vật của ta cứ dăm ba đoạn lại khóc và buồn nôn, câu trên thì thật đáng buồn và đáng nôn. ( )
  nhukhue | Aug 30, 2018 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Knut Hamsunprimary authorall editionscalculated
Auster, PaulIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Björkman, EdwinIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bly, RobertTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chong, W. H.Cover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Egerton, GeorgeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lyngstad, SverreTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Marken, Amy vanAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Polet, CoraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Singer, Isaac BashevisIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Worster, W. W.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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It was in those days when I wandered about hungry in Kristiania, that strange city which no one leaves before it has set his mark upon him. . .
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0486431681, Paperback)

This powerful, autobiographical novel by a Nobel Prize-winning author made literary history when it was first published in 1890. A modern classic about a penniless, unemployed young writer, the book paints an unforgettable portrait of a man driven to the edge of self-destruction by forces beyond his control.

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"Originally published in 1890, this classic of modern literature follows an impoverished Norwegian writer through the streets of Christiania (now Oslo) as he struggles on the edge of starvation. Existing on what little money he makes from selling the occasional article to the local paper, and down to pawning the clothes on his back, the young writer slowly loses control of his reason and begins to slip increasingly into bouts of madness, paranoia, and despair."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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