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Verging on death, a starving, destitute writer navigates the cold and indifferent city of Kristiania in search of his next meal. Frenzied and fevered, he chews on stale bread, devours scraps of wood, and bites his own finger, sleeping under the stars in old, pungent blankets, until one day he is able to sell an article and buy some food - only for the cycle then to repeat itself....

Knut Hamsun's first novel, Hunger, won the author the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1920 and went on to influence the likes of Albert Camus, Franz Kafka, Charles Bukowski, and Henry Miller. This recording uses the 1996 translation by Sverre Lyngstad, which is considered to be the definitive version in English.

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Great book great narrator

Really great book í noticed the voice of the narrator familliar and i was pleasantly suprized to find out that he is my cousin 😁

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  • Oliver
  • 12-07-19

Hypnotic descent into abjection

It was sometimes hard to believe Hunger was first published in 1890 while listening to this: it seemed so modern. Admittedly some of this is to do with the translation, which is immensely fresh and readable, but also because the style and content differed so from the typical novels of the era. It involves a young writer's descent into poverty and starvation, and details his psychology and actions during the process. It is harrowing, but also funny and lively, and despite the bleakness never less than scintillating. I would describe it as a hypnotic journey for those with an interest in existential or philosophical literature (Kafka, Camus, Sartre, et al.), but this should not suggest that it is in any way dense or didactic: it is above all other things a highly readable and affecting examination of a man's fracturing psyche and failing body, and I would recommend it to anyone seeking good, and historically important, literature. I must also mention how great the reader was: I felt that his tone was perfect for the character, and that his pace and rhythm enhanced the above mentioned hypnotic nature of the text, while also accentuating the humour and pathos. Thanks to Naxos for continually bringing these kinds of classic, but lesser read, texts to audiobook, and for consistently using excellent readers.

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  • Fatima
  • 11-20-20

What is the plot??

It was boring. couldnt finish it. No plot just hunger and how it's ravaging his physical and mental state.

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  • 05-11-20

Well written, a good performance

Not a cheery read but definitely a good one. a Well narrated performance. I would recommend it.

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  • Michael Velsigne
  • 03-04-20

Unbelievably good writing

maddening at times, harrowing at others... a short novel on one man's journey struggling to find his place in the old city of Kristiania... A must read.