The epic novel of man and nature that won its author the Nobel Prize in Literature , in the first new English translation in more than ninety years When. by Knut Hamsun, translated from the Norwegian by Sverre Lyngstad (Penguin; $13). Project Gutenberg · 58, free ebooks · 18 by Knut Hamsun. Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun. No cover available. Download; Bibrec.

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The typical quirks of Hamsun are still present, and avid readers will find his unmistakable voice booming from the pages.

Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun

Singer admitted to being ‘hypnotized’ by him; Hesse called him his favorite writer; Hemingway recommended his novels to Tje Fitzgerald; Gide compared him to Dostoyevsky, but believed Hamsun was ‘perhaps even more subtle. You watch their struggles, successes, sadness and share in the local gossip over the course of generations, giving the novel a feel that will put fans of East of Eden or The Good Earth right at home.

The relative dearth and asperity of Hamsun’s dialogue and descriptions is thus intentional: It is wholly beautiful; it is saturated with wisdom and humor and tenderness. It follows the story of a man who settles and lives in rural Norway.

Hansun farm of his was named Breidablik. I named my farm Sellanraa in honor of Isak the man who builds his home and raises a family out of nothing. First and most obviously come the reader’s circumstances, his history, his beliefs, his lack of time or his state of mind at any one point of the reading experience.

Just so, there is something unbridgeable between human characters, islands of incommunicable meaning that they are in this much vaster-than-human continuum that ever lies in the background of Hamsun’s explicit narrative.

Evidence of neglect of Brede’s tools were seen as Isak passed used to by his farm to go to the village. However, his later identification with fascist Germany may also find an explanation in the worship growfh the Nordic, the fear of foreign influences, the focus on protecting national identity rather than accepting a range of new perspectives.

What I enjoyed was 3. The copy he gave me had once belonged to Norma M.


Growth Of The Soil : Knut Hamsun :

Inger was to be released early. She is unmarried, so she is supposed to bear this child in her body while trying to hide it. Anyway all in all this is yes a depressing, multi-faceted, but brilliant book and I’m not at all surprised that Hamsun won the Nobel Prize for Literature in What happens next over the ensuing 30 years is the entire novel.

Somewhere Rousseau is cheering. Isak was a pioneer of the soil, he started with nothing and built a great farm out of it. Mine was the strongest 5 I had given a book. On their way back, they encountered Brede who claimed that when he encountered Axel on the ground, he showed no signs of needing help or that anything was wrong.

Perhaps even more particular is his continued support of Nazism even after the end of WW2, when the elderly Hamsun wrote a eulogy for Hitler singing of his tremendous efforts to renew a “proper” society.

Which is why, despite my thin veneer of urbane culture, I feel something like nostalgia for some aspects of this rural existence. One day, Axel was going out to the forest to fell some trees when he sees Brede going up the hill, most likely on an errand to fix something relating to the telegraph line. So I wholeheartedly recommend this book: View all 9 comments.

Now that the mine had been deemed fruitless, the engineer wanted to purchase the land south of the water owned by Geissler.

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Growth of the Soil, by Knut Hamsun 1 13 Apr 16, There are a couple of powerful scenes scattered around as well – such as one where he can’t dig out a rock because of his ageing body and is embarrassed or where he must seek sil legal ownership of land It started off greatly. Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte.

Understanding the dynamics of remote farmer communities is still relevant, and Hamsun’s sharp growtu and colorful descriptions open up a a strangely closed world and make it accessible to a wider, international audience. Isaac is a tiller of soil and loves his job passionately. About Growth of the Soil The story of an elemental existence in rural Norway. It was agreed upon that Sivert was to inherit the big fortune which his uncle was to leave behind.

But you can always find the truth if it comes from the earth. The novel is written in the style of Norwegian new realisma literary movement which was used in Hamsun’s later novels. It pulls you captive right at its powerful first paragraph, then pins you down helpless, your eyes riveted towards one beautiful page after another, in all, an unending chorus of debilitating prose that would make you weak on your knees.


The character of Ths conforms to Hamsun’s ideal individual: They allowed Brede to make it seem like he was selling Breidablik out of his own soi, to avoid unnecessary embarrassment. There is magical little moments where the natural world and the human world comingle spiritually; where Inger witnesses tiny fish singing to her or when the ducks seem to speak to the son with their voice passing through his soul.

The man is strong and rough-hewn, with a red lion beard and little scars on face and hands, sites of hamsn wounds–were they gotten at work or in a fight? May 23, Animesh rated it it was amazing.

The news of the infanticide now spreading. As a general rule, people don’t sympathize with fascists – but one can try to understand why to feel what they do.

There are many themes, many characters, and endless wonderful things and some not so wonderful the issue of infanticide as “Man and nature do not bombard each other; they are agreed. Wish I’d read this soon after Hunger back in or so. Geissler was taking revenge on the village for removing him as Lensmand. I found myself more and more skeptical of his romantic glorification of a life without doctors, dentists or indoor plumbing–let alone books or art. Society has contempt for the unmarried woman who is pregnant.

Hamaun maybe it was just me? Growth of the Soil, by Knut Hamsun.

This is a simple story set to the Greek chorus of soap opera. Not everyone has the physical strength and soul consuming interest in building and growing and shiny tools knur take the path Isak did and become rich in the process.

When it was first published inGrowth of the Soil was immediately recognized as a masterpiece.