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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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.

Which is why, despite my thin veneer of urbane culture, I feel something like nostalgia for some aspects of this rural existence. hamsnu

Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun

Subjectivity is not autonomous and self-contained, but porous, pervaded by this background relationship to a world known and encountered only on a preverbal, perhaps even a precognitive level of experience.

It is beautifully written, and it does not come up with any ideological message, although it could well have done.

Geissler was replaced by Lensmand Heyerdahl after a sharp reprimand from his superior. Jun 25, Lisa rated it really liked it Shelves: He walked on and left Axel to die.

There is a progressive tendency in modern thought towards exploring lived knowledge, as opposed to theoretical, abstract knowledge, and Hamsun’s narrative technique lends itself really well to revealing one angle of this much larger epistemic momentum.


Thus was made the road through the great Almenning–the common tracts without an owner; no-man’s-land. Isaac is a tiller of soil and loves his job passionately. Ninety years later it remains a transporting literary experience. She criticizes them for trying to evict such a poor, ill woman.

Evidence of neglect of Brede’s tools were seen as Isak passed used to by his farm to go to the village. As expected, the commotion at the mine started to subside and workers were being dismissed.

It follows the story of a Norwegian man who settles on undeveloped wooded land in rural Norway. He cultivates land, does a little building, acquires livestock and tells a tbe Lapp that he would like to thr a woman. To illustrate the importance of work, the book’s cast of characters includes a variety of personalities illustrating how those who don’t work will most likely not succeed.

These rootless individuals who distrusted organized society were a reflection of Hamsun himself. He carries a sack, the first sack, containing provisions for the road and some implements.

On the front cover is a young man walking on plowed ground.

The Dark Side of Literary Brilliance. While staying at the farm again, it is evident that Eleseus is weak compared to his brother and isn’t a physical worker.

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His parents frequently sent him money which he would spend frivolously thus angering them. Geissler had finally sold his land and the mine was operational again.


The rating would have done better had I liked the prose or setting or cultural saturation more, or not read the far more complex and nonjudgmental Independent People beforehand.

The Lensmand [b] Geissler came by their farm one day informing them that they were on States land and assisting them in purchasing it.

The author looks upon his characters with a great, all-tolerant sympathy, aloof yet kindly, as a god. View all 29 comments. A dull and desolate existence? The ending is beautifully written, if too knuut of the land for my tastes. Rather, the story of the fundamental relationship of our lives is left gapingly incomplete, told mnut 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 grotwh 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.

Oline had agreed to serve at the farm while Inger was serving her eight-year sentence in prison.

Eventually, the ordeal with Barbro was discovered and she was arrested in Bergen, the village where she was staying. What more can one possibly say? When it was first published inGrowth of the Soil was immediately recognized as a masterpiece.