Knut Hamsun


Born
in Lom, Gudbrandsdal, Norway
August 04, 1859

Died
February 19, 1952

Genre

Influences


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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Hunger

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4.08 avg rating — 32,923 ratings — published 1890 — 354 editions
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Pan

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3.90 avg rating — 6,268 ratings — published 1894 — 149 editions
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Growth of the Soil

4.24 avg rating — 6,123 ratings — published 1917 — 171 editions
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Mysteries

4.10 avg rating — 4,678 ratings — published 1892 — 85 editions
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Victoria

3.74 avg rating — 4,432 ratings — published 1898 — 98 editions
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The Wanderer

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3.97 avg rating — 898 ratings — published 1906 — 62 editions
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On Overgrown Paths

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3.82 avg rating — 658 ratings — published 1949 — 24 editions
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Dreamers

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3.70 avg rating — 609 ratings — published 1904 — 34 editions
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Under the Autumn Star

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3.82 avg rating — 506 ratings — published 1906 — 22 editions
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Wayfarers

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4.13 avg rating — 514 ratings — published 1927 — 31 editions
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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.”
Knut Hamsun, Hunger

“I love three things," I then say. "I love a dream of love I once had, I love you, and I love this patch of earth."

"And which do you love best?"

"The dream.”
Knut Hamsun, Pan

“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.”
Knut Hamsun, Hunger

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