Set in Oslo, Hunger is a compelling journey into the mind of a young writer who is driven by starvation to constantly fluctuating extremes of euphoria and despair. It is a study of the psychological hinterlands, the very edges of experience, where few writers have the courage to tread.
First published in 1890, Hunger is regarded as one of the major modernist novels, anticipating and influencing much fiction that was to follow, from Joyce to Kafka to Camus and Kelman. This edition translated by Sverre Lyngstad, and with an introduction by Paul Auster. Knut Hamsun was born in Norway in 1859. Hunger was his first novel and was published to great acclaim. He went on to write thirty novels and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1920.
'Never has the Nobel Prize been awarded to one worthier of it.' Thomas Mann
'Its flashing power has not faded.' London Review of Books
'An excellent new translation...this Hunger deserves to be the standard English version.' Times Literary Supplement
'Hunger is the crux of Hamsun's claims to mastery. This is the classic novel of humiliation, even beyond Dostoevsky.' Observer