Knut Hamsun – Hunger (Sult)

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Hunger is a novel about a man, not fully in charge of his faculties or decisions, attempting to survive on the most basic of levels in a city that has nothing but contempt for his entire existence. With a psychologically complex and highly unreliable protagonist, a proto-Kafkaesque city full of unknown unknowns and a complete refusal to follow a redemptive storyline, it’s exactly the sort of book I am hoping to find. A shame that Knut Hamsun later apparently decided to be a Nazi.

Knut Hamsun – Hunger
Knut Hamsun – Hunger (full text at Project Gutenberg)
Knut Hamsun – Hunger (audiobook at Librivox)