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Growth of the Soil

Knut Hamsun - Author

Sverre Lyngstad - Translator

Brad Leithauser - Introduction by

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ISBN 9781440619601 | 352 pages | 25 Sep 2007 | Penguin Classics | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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The epic novel of man and nature that won its author the Nobel Prize in Literature-the first new English translation since the novel's original publication ninety years ago

When it was first published in 1917, Growth of the Soil was immediately recognized as a masterpiece. Ninety years later it remains a transporting literary experience. In the story of Isak, who leaves his village to clear a homestead and raise a family amid the untilled tracts of the Norwegian back country, Knut Hamsun evokes the elemental bond between humans and the land. Newly translated by the acclaimed Hamsun scholar Sverre Lyngstad, Hamsun's novel is a work of preternatural calm, stern beauty, and biblical power-and the crowning achievement of one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century.

"Growth of the Soil impresses me as among the very greatest novels I have ever read. It is wholly beautiful; it is saturated with wisdom and humor and tenderness."
-H. G. Wells

"The whole modern school of fiction in the twentieth century stems from Hamsun."
-Isaac Bashevis Singer