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Plot Summary: Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun

Set in the wilds of rural nineteenth-century Norway, Hamsun's epic narrative begins with the solitary figure of Isak Sellanraa, a simple undistinguished man who has left his small village to pursue the dream of carving out a homestead in the distant North. When he finds a place suitable for farming—near a stream, woods, and a stretch of grassland—he stops and builds his sod house ...