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June Books 19) Hunger, by Knut Hamsun

Quite a short book, written in 1890 by a young Norwegian writer who went on to won the Nobel Prize (and in his old age became a Fascist). It seemed to me to fit fairly comfortably between Dostoyevsky and Joyce, with the former's existential angst and the latter's intimate but also intensely geographical observation of humanity. Hamsun's hero is prettty deranged but very convincing in his derangement.

My edition also features a 20-page essay by translator Sverre Lyngstad explaining why an earlier translation, by Robert Bly, is terrible.

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redfiona99
Jun. 15th, 2011 08:27 am (UTC)
I'm intrigued by the essay, but translation interests me.
frumiousb
Jun. 15th, 2011 08:39 am (UTC)
I really like Hamsun-- the Hunger was the first I read by him.
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