Knut Hamsun's "Hunger," a groundbreaking psycho-novel, shows a man
reduced by his condition to a point where physiological and mental
impulses blow him around like a paper in the wind. The hero in
"Hunger" entertains grandiose ideas but can't sustain them for more
than a few moments. He engages in pointless antics and gives way to
spur-of-the-moment impulses. Though he wails and cries, it's clear
he enjoys his degradation. He may be the genius he thinks he is,
but could equally well be a charlatan. His contacts with other
people are minimal and glancing, and only add to his degraded
state. You see life as lived from the bottom, in an atmosphere
where desperation acts as a kind of drug. Despite the rambling, the
novel's violent mood swings and the violation of fictional
protocols actually give it strength. "Hunger" remains a classic not
because it was influential or important in the history of the
novel, but because it still seems so readable and so true. Though
"Hunger" was written in the late 1800s, it is still painfully fresh
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