Novels Knut Hamsun: Growth of the Soil, Hunger, Mysteries, Pan, on Overgrown Paths, Victoria by Books LLC

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Novels  by  Knut Hamsun: Growth of the Soil, Hunger, Mysteries, Pan, on Overgrown Paths, Victoria by Books LLC

Novels by Knut Hamsun: Growth of the Soil, Hunger, Mysteries, Pan, on Overgrown Paths, Victoria by Books LLC
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This is nonfiction commentary. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publishers book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Growth of the Soil, Hunger, Mysteries, Pan, on Overgrown Paths,MoreThis is nonfiction commentary.

Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publishers book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Growth of the Soil, Hunger, Mysteries, Pan, on Overgrown Paths, Victoria. Source: Wikipedia. Free updates online. Not illustrated. Excerpt: The Growth of the Soil (Markens Grode) is the novel by Norwegian writer Knut Hamsun which won him the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1920.

The essential elements of this novel are expressed in the words of the English translator W W Worster in his footnote in December 1920: It is the life story of a man in the wilds, the genesis and gradual development of a homestead, the unit of humanity, in the unfilled, uncleared tracts that still remain in the Norwegian Highlands. It is an epic of earth- the history of a microcosm.

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 must grant if he be worthy. Modern man faces Nature only by proxy, or as proxy, through others or for others, and the intimacy is lost.

In the wilds the contact is direct and immediate- it is the foothold upon earth, the touch of the soil itself, that gives strength. The story is epic in its magnitude, in its calm, steady progress and unhurrying rhythm, in its vast and intimate humanity.

The author looks upon his characters with a great, all-tolerant sympathy, aloof yet kindly, as a god. A more objective work of fiction it would be hard to find--certainly in what used to be called the neurasthenic North. Stylistically it has a simplicity which reflects its subject matter and there prevails what Worster calls a Miltonic monumental calm. Hamsun also has the qualities of a Norwegian Steinbeck in his tale of the tr...More: http: //booksllc.net/?id=599292



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