“I will exile my thoughts if they think of you again, and I will rip my lips out if they say your name once more. Now if you do exist, I will tell you my final word in life or in death, I tell you goodbye” Hamsun, in Hunger.
This month we’re in Norway with the Norwegian classic ‘Hunger‘ by Knut Hamsun. A hugely influential writer from the 20th Century, Hamsun inspired literary heavyweights such as Kafka, Joyce and Miller. ‘Hunger‘ explores the forces of self-destruction, in a critical analysis of what it is to be truly hungry; in all senses of the word. ‘Knut Hamsun made literary history with the publication in 1890 of this powerful, autobiographical novel recounting the abject poverty, hunger and despair of a young writer struggling to achieve self-discovery and its ultimate artistic expression’ – Goodreads
The Literary Odyssey reading group is all about discovering new, old, and usually translated, fiction from writers from all over the world. If you’re a fan of great literary fiction please come along, we always welcome new faces and opinions!