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Praca jako źródło szczęścia w Błogosławieństwie ziemi Knuta Hamsuna Moralizatorstwo i dydaktyzm powieści
Work as a Source of Happiness in Growth of The Soil by Knut Hamsun

Author(s): Michał Sadowski
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego
Keywords: Knut Hamsun;Growth of the Soil;Norwegian new realism;stream of consciousness
Summary/Abstract: Growth of the Soil — a book wrote by Knut Hamsun in 1917 is a novel from Norwegian New Realism, glorifying rural life in harmony with nature and praising work as one of the most import ant occupations of man. This is a novel of two cultures, former represented by Izak — a main hero, and the new symbolized by the robbery exploitation of mountainous mineral deposits and the mesmerizing innovations of the traditional rural community, which ends with the triumph of the former. Eternal human instincts and hundreds of years of proven solutions win with the new usurpations and trends. Hamsun seems to say that, despite the fact that the decay factor seems to be overwhelming, power, stubbornness and fidelity with a much longer pedigree of value are capable of making the instantaneous modern ethos victory turn soon into its spectacular defeat.

  • Page Range: 169-178
  • Page Count: 10
  • Publication Year: 2019
  • Language: Polish