Knut Hamsun: Sult [Hunger]

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  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume 1.3.5: Norwegian Writing and Culture.

Knut Hamsun’s (1859 –1952) Hunger is one of the most remarkable experiments in 19th Century prose. Begun in the wake of a return to Copenhagen from America and finished in Kristiania (now Oslo), Hamsun’s most widely read novel is concerned with “the strange and peculiar life of the mind, the mysteries of the nerves in a starving body” (Letters 1, 118). The first fragment, published anonymously in the Copenhagen journal Ny Jord (New Earth) in November 1888, reveals a reorientation of Hamsun’s thinking that takes shape in a new commitment to “reveal oneself nakedly” (Hamsun qtd. Ferguson 101). Though the fragment, later reworked as the second part of Hunger, shares many of the characteristic …

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Stables, Wayne. "Sult". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 February 2010
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