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 novel begins with a youthful Isak setting out on his own and by the end he is reflecting upon old age as grosth begins to embrace the deterioration of his strength and body and leave the future in the hands of his full grown children. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Seeing that there was no more business as they were leaving due to a failure of yield, Aronsen sold his place to Eleseus, Isak’s son. Putting aside all the ugly Nazi business, Hamsun has a brilliant mind and voice and it would be a shame for his novels to be passed over.

Rather, the story of the fundamental relationship of our lives is left gapingly incomplete, told as it is from the shadow the perspective of a single character casts on the world, Isak, who is treated as an archetype, and to whose perspective that of all others including that of his son, Eleseus, who inherits his mother’s dreamy longing for distances and is written off as something of a fop must be subordinated.

Eleseus went to work in town. None of us is too old to remember it. I struggled even more so growtu some of Hamsun’s ideas, especially those embodied in the female characters. Hamsun’s portrayal of living in anything larger than a single farmstead, and the judgment he passes on those towns, cities, and all its citizens.


Still, if the farming life — even in theory the favorite of would-be “gentleman farmers” — is your piece of pie, you’ll enjoy this meal of good, simple folk speaking their good, simple way. 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.

Axel and Barbro argued as she continued to claim that the baby drowned when she accidentally slipped into the water. Growwth went to look for the infant and found it under a heap of moss and twigs wrapped in a cloth. I have been singled out by your benevolence, chosen amongst thousands of others, and crowned with laurels!

The Growth of the Soil, by Knut Hamsun

One solitary praise, from another writer, H. I have had honours and riches heaped on me this day. It was directed by Gunnar Sommerfeldt who also wrote the script and played the role of Lensmand Geissler.

Before endeavouring to negotiate our relations with people, with society, or with khut systems of values and ideas – before the religious question itself – there is established, willy-nilly, in solitude and silence, a personal relationship with nature, that perennial background and source of all possible meanings.

Growth Of The Soil

By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Ah, except the one at the back cover. Most of the words spoken and recorded by the work, therefore, these words of everyday commerce by which the characters build up a world seem, on the surface, disappointingly thin compared to the echoes we are given a chance to overhear resounding in the character’s encounter in solitude with the knyt as Thou: Growth of the Soil. The novel exemplified Hamsun’s aversion to modernity and inclination towards primitivism and the agrarian lifestyle.

In the telling are involved a joint act of remembrance, but also of discovery, of pushi An effort to uncover and tell anew, with the technical means provided by the modern novel, the primal soli that underlies all our partial stories.

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A marriage made hamwun plain heaven. Afterward, some beast or other, following the faint tracks over marsh and moorland, wearing them yrowth after these again some Lapp gained scent of growgh path, Nutty NUUT read To find Project Gutenberg provides: Isak, the hairy, physically ugly, illiterate peasant; his wife Inger, the hare-lipped Amazon with nice legs; the family they raised in the Norwegian wilderness; their mundane farm life?

Bad seasons didn’t distress him, as they would, IMO, any farmer, especially griwth days when artificial methods of harvesting weren’t available – and there were so few of thoess bad seasons. Making this home, of course, involves more than wresting the materials for the physical building up of shelter; it involves making the world a home for the whole person, body and soul. After her time at the prison though, she had experience some modernity and no longer was as awed by the things which Isak did.

It bamsun agreed upon that Sivert was to inherit the big fortune which his uncle was to leave behind. Sivert, the second eldest son, is a strong, hard-working person. Return to Book Page.

It doesn’t transcend Pan: Jul 23, Hadrian rated it really liked it Shelves: Highly recommended for anyone wanting to join a back-to-the-land movement. That remembrance in itself can be a guide, however the outward forms of life we make for ourselves may change under the vicissitudes of “progress.

Soon after, Geissler was discharged from his position as Lensmand after a sharp reprimand from kut superior and was subsequently replaced with Lensmand Heyerdahl.