By Knut Hamsun
Hunger cover



Set in Oslo, Hunger is a compelling journey into the mind of a young writer who is driven by starvation to constantly fluctuating extremes of euphoria and despair. It is a study of the psychological hinterlands - to the very edges of experience - where few writers have the courage to tread.


I was given this book just before I started writing "Forget the night ahead". It's pretty bleak, as is that album. It probably wasn't the best thing to sit down and read considering my mental state at that time. The novel's first-person protagonist, an unnamed vagrant with intellectual leanings, probably in his late twenties, wanders the streets of Norway's capital in pursuit of nourishment.--James Graham, The Twilight Sad