Growth of the Soil
Awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1920.
“The whole modern school of fiction in the twentieth century stems from Hamsun”
Isaac Bashevis Singer
A classic of European literature, Growth of the Soil is one of the seminal novels of the twentieth century.
It is the story of Isak, a worker of the land, with its roots in man’s deepest myths about the struggle to cultivate the land and make it fertile. The novel moves at the pace of the passing seasons, and with the growth of the crops on which the characters’ lives depend.
Hamsun’s themes of individual freedom, and the fundamental human need to reconcile man with the natural world, speak even more resonantly than when the novel was first published.
Nobel Prize winning author Knut Hamsun is recognised as one of the greatest literary figures of the twentieth century.
“One of the great writers of this century… Hamsun’s novels have the simplicity of total self-possession.”