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    Executioner, protect me Kyriakos's Avatar
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    Best work by Knut Hamsun?

    I have read two books by him, the Blessing of the soil, and Hunger. I liked both, but i read them many years ago and do not recall much now other than fleeting impressions.

    Which other work by him would you advise me to read? And if i end up re-reading one of the two i have already read, which is the better choice?

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    Hunger is one of the best things I've ever read.

    Mysteries is also pretty astounding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Desolation View Post
    Hunger is one of the best things I've ever read.

    Mysteries is also pretty astounding.
    Agreed. Unusual thinking in both books.

    Hunger also takes us back to a time when you worked or starved - something we in the developed world don't have to contend with as our ancestors did only 60 years ago - though that's not the point of the novel.

    I remember hearing that Hamsun cured himself of tuberculosis by riding a train across the USA and gulping down air to clear his lungs.
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    Has he written any shorter works?
    I have Mysteries as well, but iirc it is a novel (?)

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    Pan and Victoria are both pretty short. I believe that they qualify as Novellas.

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    Both Pan and Victoria are pretty good, but really Hunger is his stand out work.
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    I liked Hunger but it felt like a watered down version of Catcher in the Rye even though I know Hunger predates the latter book by decades.
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