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Plot Summary: Hunger by Knut Hamsun

This semi-autobiographical novel takes place in late nineteenth-century Christiania, now Oslo, and details the thoughts of the unnamed narrator, a starving would-be writer. Driven by a demonic "hunger" to practice his craft in spite of the niggardly, sporadic fees he receives, the protagonist frequently undergoes periods of madness and isolation amidst an overwhelmingly indifferent society ...