Error title
Some error text about your books and stuff.
Close
Hunger cover
  • ISBN: 9780141180649
  • ISBN10: 0141180641

Hunger

by Sverre Lyngstad

  • List Price: $16.00
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Penguin USA
  • Publish date: 02/01/1998
used Add to Cart $3.88
You save: 76%
Marketplace Item
new Add to Cart $10.79
You save: 33%
FREE shipping on orders over $49!
Description
Contemptuous of contemporary novels and what he saw as stereotypical plots and empty characters, Knut Hamsun embarked on "an attempt to describe the strange, peculiar life of the mind, the mysteries of the nerves in a starving body". First published in Norway in 1890, Hunger probes into the depths of consciousness with frightening and gripping power. Like the works of Dostoyevsky, it marks an extraordinary break with Western literary and humanistic traditions.

In a moment-by-moment internal monologue, Hamsun reveals the profound anguish of a struggling writer facing the possibility of death in a world indifferent to his existence. Unable to sell his work, the narrator rails against bourgeois society and its demand for "popular" writing; overwhelmed by adversities, he curses God. A hero alienated from society, plagued by the vicissitudes of fate, and raging against heaven is old as literature itself; it is Hamsun's protagonist's awareness of the absurdity of his situation -- and of the human condition in general -- that makes him a totally modern figure. As Lyngstad writes in the Introduction: "Twenty-five years before Kafka created Gregor Samsa, man as an insect, and more than fifty years before Camus popularized the absurd hero as a modern Sisyphus, Hamsun in Hunger did both".

Expand description
Seller Condition Comments Price  
Last Page Books-Columbus

Location: Columbus, OH
Good
Connecting readers with great books since 1972. Used books may not include
[...]
$3.88
Clickgoodwill

Location: Indianapolis, IN
Good
This is a paper back book. The pages have normal wear. We ship Monday-Saturday and respond to inquries within 24 hours.
$3.91
St. Vinnie's Books

Location: Eugene, OR
Acceptable
Some highlighting in text Paperback The item is fairly worn but still
[...]
$3.96
bacobooks

Location: Garden Grove, CA
Very Good
Shipping Icon
$4.81
HPB Inc.

Location: Dallas, TX
Good
Shipping Icon
Connecting readers with great books since 1972. Used books may not include
[...]
$5.11
Small World Books

Location: Rochester, NY
Very Good
Trade Paperback 0141180641 Unmarked Light Shelfwear.
$7.87
Half Price Books Inc

Location: Dallas, TX
Good
Shipping Icon
Connecting readers with great books since 1972. Used books may not include
[...]
$8.42
More Books Than Brains

Location: Ogden, UT
Like New
0141180641 Quick--Ship! Square & tight 1998 LIKE NEW trade paperback w/ clean
[...]
$8.73