Hunger - Knut HamsunHunger makes for brilliantly uncomfortable reading. I carried a copy around Scandinavia a couple of summers ago, saving it for when I was in Oslo, where it’s set. By then, the unemployed young man wandering deliriously in search of food and creative enlightenment seemed unnervingly familiar… Thankfully, even Oslo’s outrageous prices didn’t drive me to the desperation of the protagonist. But Hamsun takes you inside his increasingly irrational mind so effectively that it almost felt as if I’d lived through it anyway.

Set in late 19th-century Christiania (now Oslo), Norway.

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