Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1920 "for his monumental work, Growth of the Soil a grand, sweeping saga of sacrifice and struggle. This epic tale recaptures the world of Norwegian... More > homesteaders at the turn of the 20th century. Rich in symbolism, it continues to resonate with modern readers."
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.< Less
Hunger is a novel by the Norwegian author Knut Hamsun published in 1890. Parts of it had been published anonymously in the Danish magazine Ny Jord in 1888. The novel has been hailed as the literary... More > opening of the 20th century and an outstanding example of modern, psychology-driven literature. Hunger portrays the irrationality of the human mind in an intriguing and sometimes humorous manner.< Less