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 landscape in which hardworking farmers settled is breathtakingly beautiful in summer: Review quote “Knut Hamsun’s writing is magical, his sentences are glowing, he could write about anything and make it alive. Axel, to the surprise of everyone, had purchased the farm.

She freed him and helped him return home. Sivert observa as aves e olha para elas como num sonho.

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Growth Of The Soil

He was scatterbrained and unable to look after a farm properly. Nobel Prize for Literature. It gets my goat when all the hhamsun threatening dangers and complex issues of giving birth in rural areas are bundled off into sensationalist accounts of infanticide and demonized women with severely belittled arguments galore, while the insufferably proud and corrupt politician Geissler is turned into a glorified trickster god simply because he makes Hamzun happy.

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Thanks for telling us about hzmsun problem. He stayed for a while but after realizing that he no longer wanted that lifestyle, set off to America never to be seen again.

The character Isak conforms to Hamsun’s vision o an ideal individual. Jul 22, Meghan rated it it was amazing. Isak marvels at how much Geissler has assisted him in making money. It is wholly beautiful; it is saturated with wisdom and humor and tenderness. None of us is too old to remember it. He has no education and is unable to read well or write.


A fellow wanders into northern Norway and clears land for a little hut. We are experiencing technical difficulties. On behalf of my country I thank the Swedish Academy and all Sweden for the honour they have bestowed on me.

I venture to say that hamsnu was sheer luck that this young woman sitting here in the dock, that her child accidentally was born in that creek and drowned. She gets on well with Isak, too well in fact as soon she has two boys. This books is not so much about Isak changing as it is about the “modern world” encroaching on Isak’s life.

Meanwhile, Inger had given birth to another baby girl, Leopoldine, at the prison.

I’m descended from farmers, as far back as our genealogy can tell. This is could be a great introduction to Hamsun, although I would recommed Hunger over this as it is more accessible. Nowhere Hamsun can tell.

She is always amazed at everything which Isak does. Loved the steady tone, how the tense switches within paragraphs present tense for scenes, otherwise simple or continual past. The novel begins by following the story of Isak, a Norwegian man, who finally settled upon a patch of land which he deemed fit for farming. Books about lives close to nature are something I like gdowth you need to have a plot in there somewhere.

Evidence of neglect of Brede’s tools were seen as Isak passed used to by his farm to go to the village. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Oline had agreed to serve at the farm while Inger was serving her eight-year sentence in prison.


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Geissler, the enigmatic manic-depressive who turns up from time to time, is the books most memorable character.

Somewhere Rousseau is cheering. There was also one child that was killed just after birth by Inger. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The jury was obviously affected by this speech and Barbro and Axel were fully pardoned. The political stain of Hamsun’s later years does not take away from his narrative power, but it should be mentioned as part of who he was, and what he developed into.

Hamsun’s support of the German occupation of Norway has drawn a lot controversy and many refuse to acknowledge his success as a writer in light of that. Hamsun was a massive literary inspiration to many of his contemporaries, being highly praised by authors such as Hemingway, Hesse and even Bukowski, and his luckily novels do not reflect this unflattering political alignment. Hamsun’s novel thus becomes an instrument whereby we can reinvent, in reflection, the whole wheel of human existence, thereby touch base with the beginnings of life, but also retrace the peculiar path of elaboration we’ve taken to get here, to this utterly dis-rooted post-post-modernity of ours.

The following day, Geissler returned to Sellanraa. What happens next over the ensuing 30 years is the entire novel. Eleseus left that day on a boat and never came back. I have always firmly believed a work of art to be just that, an independent story that must not be associated with its author and which stands on its own, unalterable, after its completion.

Recommended for those who want a good look at the farmer’s life.

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