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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This whole question of the undeveloped, unwritten female perspective is not motivated by any a-priori ideological commitment to feminist principles of fairness here, I think. The young woman is not only going to bring a child into the world, which may seem bad enough, but she is also to be treated as a criminal because of it.

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It was too late as the baby had already succumbed to drowning. Growth of the Grlwthwritten 27 years after his other classic and debut novel, and one of my personal favorite books of all-time, Hunger displays Hamsun at a much more matured writing style. The role of women is also highlighted, and two instances of infanticide are included as part of the plot. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide.

Hamsun is not alone among moderns in his exploration, of course. Knyt am a Hamsun fan, though; I am not turned off at all! The critical difference between one character and another – whether it be a difference in temperament, values, ideas, priorities, etc – is always traceable back to this difference in existential grounding, in the way each character stands in relation to the inscrutable face of the landscape.

The character Isak conforms to Hamsun’s vision of slil ideal individual.

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Additional characters come along too, to spice up the rural broth. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. There was also one child that was killed just after birth by Inger.


No longer had she the harelip but merely a scar on her face. Inger is the wife of Isak described as being “a big, brown-eyed girl, full built and coarse, with good, heavy hands, and rough hide brogues on her feet as if she had been a Lapp This unspoken preverbal relationship – the root of all knowledge and truth – comes forth in Hamsun’s novel, as the psychic umbilical cord of each character, the very breath of their life and vision.

View all 4 comments. Hamsun pursued his literary program, debuting in with the psychological novel Off. Hamsun wrote this book on his knees.

Growth Of The Soil

She then had another son named Sivert. Refresh and try again. However, for each, that shadow is differently cast. We remain what we are and, no doubt, it is all very good for us!

Mas posso espalhar a palavra por onde viajar. Great changes had occurred while Inger was away. Mysterious neighbors appear, too, some with or intentions and others The world seemed hwmsun stand still for a moment, until the flock had disappeared. Its dominant note is one of patient strength and simplicity; the mainstay of its working is the tacit, stern, yet loving alliance between Nature and the Man who faces her himself, trusting to himself and her for the physical means of life, and the spiritual contentment with life which she oof grant if he be worthy.

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I venture to say that it was sheer luck that this young woman sitting here in the dock, that her child accidentally was born in that creek and drowned. What is her baking like?

View all 9 comments. The story is epic in its magnitude, in its calm, steady progress and unhurrying rhythm, in its vast and intimate humanity. The original film was minutes long and cost aboutkroner to make, a very considerable sum of money at the time. Jan 09, Karen off it it was ok. I am “all but nothing in all humanity” and literature is a mystery to me.


I myself am what I am, hsmsun I have been swept off my feet by the tribute that has been paid to my country, by the strains of her national anthem which resounded in this hall a minute ago. Was it perhaps because I also knew how a long hike feels with your shoulders groaning with a heavy load, or see people only occasionally and commune with these simplest of minds eagerly during these rare moments, get down sick and trust only in the rustic air and cool spring water for cure, and see the world as it was created and before man recreated it?

No worse fate can befall a young man or woman than becoming prematurely entrenched in prudence and negation. And it is perhaps simple to see the connections: Eventually, Uncle Sivert died and later, the fortune was to be determined. Preview — Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun.

There are many themes, many characters, and endless wonderful things and some not so wonderful the issue of infanticide as a symptom of the encroachment of “civilization” runs strong throughoutbut the main idea is that for all the modern world’s conveniences, you can’t beat nature and our tie to it as a thing of fecundity and abundance even when it knug cooperating.

Loved the setting, the various character types, the morality, the petty power soli, the longing for more than life in the woods, the vision of the devil with shivering pines nearby, the mines, Inger’s randiness, the fallen tree, the big stone toward the end, the infanticides and the overall overarching transcendent theme about achieving eternal life through cultivation of self, society, growtb soil.

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