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Hunger

4.10  ·  Rating Details  ·  23,227 Ratings  ·  1,537 Reviews
The story of a starving writer in Norway, Hunger is a pivotal masterpiece of European modernism. The protagonist is anonymous and the plot is meager.

What holds the text together is the focus on the protagonist's emotions. These emotions are revealed to the reader by the minute descriptions of the inner landscape of the mind, interspersed with the unnamed writer's random e
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Published January 1st 2010 by MobileReference (first published 1890)
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s.penkevich
Mar 06, 2012 s.penkevich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who can read
Recommended to s.penkevich by: The poetry of Charles Bukowski
I often catch myself staring, rather lovingly in fact, at my bookshelves. Each shelf is swelling nearly to the point of overflowing with books, each authors collection seemingly positioned at random - yet, somehow, the location of each work holds some secret form of order that is beyond even me. I'll caress each spine with my eyes, occasionally running a finger down it to feel a spark of retrospection and for a moment recall the times when I held a particular book during the course of absorbing ...more
Stephen
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Discombobulated…frenzied…distracted…rambling…and oh so BRILLIANT.

Knut Hamsun's fevered, stream of consciousness classic is something special. Unwaveringly "in the now," this novel's every word felt as if it had fallen from the narrator's mind, unfiltered, unrestrained, and unreflected upon. Wow, was this something. The unnamed narrator, with his exaggerated and unjustified notions of his own superiority reminded me a lot of Raskolnikov from Crime and Punishment, while the disjointed style and u
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Seemita
Oct 24, 2015 Seemita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bravehearts treading the less-stocked path
A review of this book from my pen is akin to injustice. After all, what do I know of hunger? Something that loses its meaning with a hop to the kitchen? A need that vanishes with the stair-climbing to the canteen? A routine that knocks every four hours, only to be dispatched back to its den with a pouring of necessary and unnecessary stuff? A fuel that is available at an arm’s length? A six-lettered word that assumes greater importance in symbolic garb than its bare attire?

I have been fortunate.
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Amira Mahmoud

حسنًا، هي رواية أخرى من تلك الروايات الجنونية المرعبة
الرواية بأكملها أشبه بحالة من الهذيان!
تشعر وكأنك تقفز بين السطور بسرعة جنونية
كلّ فصل هو رحلة معاناة تلهث فيها مع البطل ولا تستطيع التوقف للحظة واحدة حتى نهاية الرحلة/الفصل
حينها ما تلبث أن تتوقف لتسترد أنفاسك حتى تبدأ رحلة جديدة وفصل جديد لا تستطيع منع نفسك من الخوض فيهما



هنا لا يتحدث عن الجوع بل عن تأثيره
يعكس من خلال بطل روايته صورة مرعبة عن تأثير الجوع والفقر
كيف وضعه في حالة من الوهن الدائم والضعف والهزال، بوجه وجسد مرعب لا يمت للبشر بصلة
وح
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Lynne King
Last night the “fog” finally left me as effortlessly as it had arrived seven months ago. My mourning period was now officially over, although the good memories would be firmly entrenched forever in my mind, as well as the sad ones. I shed my widow’s weeds. Also the tears surprisingly enough poured for the first time in ages. I certainly do not have a weak character. I had been in the doldrums and was not progressing, nor “turning the page”. Knut showed me via “Hunger” (Norwegian: “Sult”) that on ...more
Omnya
ياوجع القلب
في البداية لأ آدري حقًا كيف
أكتب كلمةٍ واحدة عن هذة الرائعة
لم اقرأ من قبل سيرة ذاتية
ومن حسنِ الحظ أن بدايتي كانت مع هامسون
إنهم الجوع والفقر
هذا الثنائي الذي لا يفترق
والذان يدفعان أقوى الرجال وأشرفهم
إلى فعل المستحيل
كيف تحافظ على كبريائك وأنت جائع
ولا يوجد لك مؤى أو آي مكان تذهب إليه
أنت وحيد وجميع معارفك تهربت منك فقط أخذت مايكفي
الجميع يعلم أنك لم تستطيع رد كُل هذة الديون يومًا ما
يخبرنا هامسون أحواله خلاص ضائقة مدية يمر بها
كيف أن المدينة الكبيرة تصبح لا شئ حينما لايحتويك
مكانٍ بها
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Ahmed Oraby
Feb 24, 2015 Ahmed Oraby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
راسكولنيكوف آخر؟

لا أعلم لماذا تذكرت راسكولنيكوف هذا، بطل رواية الجريمة والعقاب للمُعلم العظيم؛ فيودور دوستويفسكي، حين شرعت في قراءة هذي الرواية.!
فبمجرد أن قرأت فقط ما يقارب العشر صفحات منها حتى أدركت ذلك، وفعلًا قرأت فيما بعد أن كنوت، نفسه، قد أقر بأنه استلهم قصة بطله هذا من رواية الجريمة والعقاب للحبيب "دوستويفسكي".

قد يرجع هذا لتشابه شخصيتيهما؟ نفس البؤس، نفس الوظيفة، بل، نفس العبقرية؟
ربما
كنوت هَمسون، هذا الروائي الذي، لجهلي، لم أسمع عنه من قبل أبدًا، إلا من فترة يسيرة للغاية، نذرت حينها لله و
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Rakhi Dalal
Jan 01, 2013 Rakhi Dalal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This powerful work of writing by Knut Hamsun, clearly lets you think what the state of ‘hunger’ can do to a human being. Yes, by ‘hunger’, the author does really refer to the state of starvation in the absence of food. This idea of ‘hunger’, which looks like just another figure when it makes its appearance in one’s view in the form of some statistics, something which the well-to do people cannot even imagine about, is the essential sketch of this extremely thought provoking work by Hamsun.

Tellin
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mai ahmd
Dec 18, 2012 mai ahmd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: روايات


لم أكن أقرأ بل كنتُ ألهث هذا ما يفعله الكاتب كنوت هامبسون في رواية الجوع يجعلك تلهث كأنك تجري في سباق تسابق بطل الرواية فقط لتمسك به تود لو إنك تهزه وأنت تصرخ توقف ! هل كان هو الجوع فقط أمم إنه الذريعة لكل هذا المس الجنوني والتصرفات الخارجة عن السيطرة كل هذا الهذيان هذا التطرف في الأفكار هذا الغضب هذه السخرية وهذاالكبرياء!

اللعبة في الرواية إن جاز لي تسميتها بذلك كانت تكمن في الحالة النفسية التي خلفها الجوع أو لعله العكس تماما كما بدا لي أحيانا .. هذاالرجل جائع لحد الموت ومغررو أيضا بصفاقة ولا أد
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Mariel
Mar 29, 2012 Mariel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: you dropped your books
Recommended to Mariel by: s.pen and manny
I have a confession to make. Well, it's not really a confession if I've alluded to it in the past. I'm cheap. I spend freely, I mean, and it doesn't take much convincing for me to go ahead and make some purchase (especially if it's a book) when I really shouldn't. Don't ever take me shopping in hopes that I'll convince you not to make that purchase, either. So I downloaded the free kindle version of this. I have too many books and I do that shit anyway. I think there's something wrong with the k ...more
Helen Stavraki
Jun 13, 2016 Helen Stavraki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ένα αφόρητο αριστούργημα. Ένα βιβλίο που σε πονάει και σε θλίβει βαθιά και απεγνωσμένα. Σπαρακτικά ανθρώπινο και συγκινητικά τρομακτικό. Αυτή η ιστορια με πλήγωσε ψυχικά και σωματικά-ένιωσα να πονάω έντονα στο στομάχι απο αναπόφευκτη πείνα και απελπισία.
Τρομακτική αλληλεπίδραση σωματική και πνευματική.
Ολα τα μυστήρια του μυαλού και της ψυχής σε ένα εξαθλιωμένο αντρικό κορμί που πεινάει αλλά ποτε δεν παύει να ειναι πονόψυχος, ευγενικός,τίμιος και υπερήφανος ξεπερνώντας τα όρια της υπερβολής.

Ο ή
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Manny
Started reading the original Norwegian edition today. I'm fluent in Swedish but don't really know Norwegian, though I have read maybe half a dozen Norwegian books. Comparing with English, it's rather like reading something in broad Scots dialect that's been written down phonetically. Iain Banks fans will be able to relate.

So far, it's pretty good, but I'm only 15 pages into it.

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I come down the main staircase of the hotel. At reception, Zenit,
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Rowena
Jan 08, 2014 Rowena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-re-read, classics
Very reminiscent of a couple of books I have already read, including Orwell's "Down and Out in Paris and London." Very dire account of a starving writer trying to find work and food at the same time.

Especially interesting to me was the fact that the protagonist still valued maintaining his dignity over everything else.

His interior dialogue was definitely reminiscent of Job speaking to God in the Old Testament.

I liked the archaic style the book was written in. Case in point was the word "zound
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Rod
Sep 19, 2012 Rod rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rod by: Billy Childish
I'm pretty lucky, I guess; I've been middle-class all my life, never had to worry about where my next meal was coming from or if there would be a next meal. I've never known starvation, despite saying stuff like "I'm starving!" when it's a half-hour past lunchtime and I haven't eaten yet. So why do I identify with the undernourished protagonist of Hunger so strongly? Perhaps it's because I'm an introvert; like the protagonist, I sometimes have internal conversations with myself in the third pers ...more
Paul Bryant
Ladies and Gentlemen, tonight’s contest is a tag team wrestling match between, in the blue corner, reigning champions The Backstabbing Haystacks, and in the red corner the fearsome Intestines R Us – ladeeeeeeeez and gentlemen let me introduce you to the members of the teams, in the Backstabbing Haystacks we have from Norway the unnamed protagonist of Knut Hamsen’s much-praised novel of terminal anomie Hunger, so I give you Mr Anonymous Hunger (applause, hoots, burgers thrown into the ring); and ...more
Hend
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Mary
Jul 01, 2015 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mary by: charles bukowski
He sure would like a meal, yes, but more so, why won’t anybody listen? What the hell is wrong with everyone? None of them are truly getting it. They don’t understand the urgency! Look at them in their warm clothes and their comfortable houses. Why do their eyes laugh at him? Is there nothing left but mockery? I wonder how he came to be in such circumstances. What led to this downward spiral? Even if I could ask him, could he even explain it? None of us can pinpoint the moment when it all started ...more
Ian Not His Real Name
Hunger Eats the Soul

This is not so much the story of the rise and fall of a young man (published in 1890), as one of his relentless physical and spiritual decline.

He never seems to have risen in the first place, and his fall seems to be unimpeded, even though momentarily it seemed that love might redeem him.

In the absence of consummation, hope or redemption, the novel eschews any dramatic tension that an Aristotelian three act structure might offer, and simply plummets downwards.

Early, the prota
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K.D. Absolutely
Mar 07, 2010 K.D. Absolutely rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books, 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
Shelves: 1001-core, 501
By Jove! This novel is beautifully depressing! It is beautiful because of the way it is written: magical stream-of-consciousness style with the meager plot and with no misplaced or excess words at all! It is depressing because of the theme: hunger. It is not hunger for love or something. It is the hunger that most Filipinos know: hunger for food.

The novel, originally written in German and first published in 1890, revolves around a struggling writer in Christiana (now Oslo). Herr Hamsun did not n
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Mohamed Al Marzooqi
Feb 13, 2016 Mohamed Al Marzooqi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: روايات
هذه رواية لا تكلفك الكثير من العناء أثناء القراءة، لسهولة لغتها من جهة (رغم أن المترجم لم يقم بأداء مهمته على الوجه المطلوب) وصغر حجمها من جهة أخرى (بالنسبة إلى الروايات الكلاسيكية التي يعد الحجم الكبير قاعدة فيها، تعد هذه الرواية بصفحاتها ال استثناءً)، إنما تفرض عليك العناء فقط إذا فكرت أن تتركها قبل أن تنتهي من قراءتها لتكتشف مصير بطلها الجائع

الرواية تدور حول الجوع، كما يشي بذلك العنوان، ولكنها -في ظني- أيضًا تناقش موضوع الكبرياء والثقة الزائفة بالنفس لدى الإنسان.

هل فعلاً كان على البطل أن يظل
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Faisal
Dec 14, 2014 Faisal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
لو كتب دوستييڤسكي رواية الجوع لأصبحت، على الأقل، أربع أضعاف الحجم الذي كتبه هامسون، ولن تحتوي تلك الإضافة على ما سيضيف حقًا للنص. وليس هذا استنقاصًا بالمعلم دوستييڤسكي، أكثر من كونه مديح لهامسون، وقدرته الفائقة على سرد نص بهذا العمق والكثاقة معًا.

بطل الرواية يملك واحدة من أعظم التركيبات السيكلوجية المعقدة التي قرأتها في الأدب عمومًا.
Matthew
A wiser man than me (read: Chris Rock) once said, "If a homeless person has a funny sign, he hasn't been homeless that long. A real homeless person is too hungry to be funny." But what happens when you've just become homeless, when you tell yourself you'll spend just one or two nights outside, before your clothes have become tattered, and before hunger has completely set in?

Knut Hamsun's first novel, Hunger, published in 1890, reads like a play-by-play of one man's descent into poverty and insa
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Emilian Kasemi
Sep 12, 2012 Emilian Kasemi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Dostoevsky, Kafka, Fante, Bukowski, Celine
Hunger was immediately added to my favorite shelf! With other precious books I love the most!
As the title may suggest, this is a book about hunger. But not the collective hunger as we are used to know. But rather the individual hunger, told in the first person. Hunger is the description of the loss of the human being against the absurdity of the modern world in its cold and real ruthlessness.
The protagonist, weakened and exasperated, has increased in its extreme his sensitivity and the ability t
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Kris
Aug 30, 2012 Kris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kris by: s.penkevich
Wow. That was powerful. I have to write a lot of reviews this weekend - this will be one of them.

I find it ironic that I read this while the RNC circus is going on in FL. I wish I could force everyone there to read this book and live it. just for a short while.
Madeleine
Like apparently so many others, my love of Bukowski led me to Knut Hamsun, particularly this short but harrowing piece. In Buk's poem "you might as well kiss your ass goodbye," my literary hero asks one of his own, "Sir.... that first novel, did you really eat your own / flesh as a young writer? were you that / hungry?," leaving me to ask how can one NOT give in to curiosity when presented with bait that's so temptingly flavored with desperation and meat of the scribe? Besides, reading the very ...more
Mohit Parikh
Dec 04, 2011 Mohit Parikh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Mohit by: Tanuj Solank
I would rate Hunger as the second greatest novel I have read, the greatest being Joyce's Portrait. This is how novels Ought to be written - describing, in Hamsun's own words, "the whisper of the blood, and the pleading of the bone marrow".

In Hunger, he embodies an unnamed young protagonist, most likely an immediate version of himself (he was 28 when the book was published), and comes out with a haunting sketch of life which shakes reader to his/her core - even a callous reader reading solely for
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Markus
Finally read a full novel by my local hometown author, who happened to be world-famous once upon a time.

Full review to come.
Abeer Saleh
رجل ذكي, شريف, يصيبه الفقر الشديد, يضطر لبيع مقالاته لدور النشر, أو رهن ممتلكاته, ليحصل على ما يسد به جوعه.

نقطة القوة في العمل برأيي, تكمن في تصوير الاضطرابات النفسية التي يمر بها البطل بشكل جيد إلى حد ما, مابين الهذيان, والاكتئاب, الخوف, التوتر, الرغبة, الوحدة, الحزن, التعاطف, والكراهية, الشفقة, والجوع الذي تسبب بكل هذا, الجوع المادي (غياب الطعام والمأوى), والجوع النفسي (غياب التقدير والاعتراف والعلاقات الاجتماعية ربما) اللذان يحكما سيطرتهما على بطلنا المسكين, وتبعات ذلك من تصرفات لا أخلاقية (و
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Miguel
Aug 14, 2015 Miguel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Gastam-se as palavras pela fricção dos sentimentos. Encontro-as bambas no chão, sustidas pela minha força de vontade, pelo meu entusiasmo, pela minha admiração, mas consumidas pela minha impotência e inépcia: eu quero escrever acerca de Fome , mas não tenho estômago...

Knut Hamsun ancora esta narrativa numa escrita soberba, acetinada, embriagante! Foram frequentes, quase contínuos, os momentos em que pasmei perante esta obra de grande e merecida estimação – o início da preciosa literatura do s
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Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1920 "for his monumental work, Growth of the Soil". He insisted that the intricacies of the human mind ought to be the main object of modern literature, to describe the "whisper of the blood, and the pleading of the bone marrow". Hamsun pursued his literary program, debuting in 1890 with the psychological novel Hunger.
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“...I will exile my thoughts if they think of you again, and I will rip my lips out if they say your name once more. Now if you do exist, I will tell you my final word in life or in death, I tell you goodbye.” 241 likes
“I suffered no pain, my hunger had taken the edge off; instead I felt pleasantly empty, untouched by everything around me and happy to be unseen by all. I put my legs up on the bench and leaned back, the best way to feel the true well-being of seclusion. There wasn't a cloud in my mind, nor did I feel any discomfort, and I hadn't a single unfulfilled desire or craving as far as my thought could reach. I lay with open eyes in a state of utter absence from myself and felt deliciously out of it.” 108 likes
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