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The Nobel Prize winner’s poetic, psychologically intense portrayal of love’s predicament in a class-bound society

A Penguin Classic 

Set in a coastal village of late nineteenth-century Norway, Victoria follows two lovers whose yearnings are as powerful as the circumstances that conspire to thwart their romance. Johannes, a miller’s son turned poet, finds inspiration for his writing in his passionate devotion to Victoria, a daughter of the impoverished lord of the manor, who feels constrained by family loyalty to accept the wealthy young man of her father’s choice. Separated by class barriers and social pressure, the fated duo hurt and enthrall each other by turns as they move toward an emotional doom that neither will recognize until it is too late.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,800 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143039372
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/29/2005
Series: Penguin Classics Series
Edition description: Translatio
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 1,237,368
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.26(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Knut Hamsun (1858–1952) was a Norwegian novelist, poet, and playwright hailed by many as one of the founders of modern literature. Born to a poor peasant family in central Norway, he worked as a schoolmaster, sheriff’s assistant, laborer, store clerk, farmhand, and streetcar conductor in both Scandinavia and America before establishing himself as a successful playwright and novelist. His first novel, Hunger (1890), was an immediate critical success; he went on to write the novels Mysteries (1892), Pan (1894), Victoria (1898), and The Growth of the Soil (1917), the last of which earned him the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1920.

Sverre Lyngstad (1922–2011; translator, introducer, notes) was a scholar and translator of Norwegian literature and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He translated five of Knut Hamsun’s works for Penguin Classics—Hunger (1890), Mysteries (1892), Pan (1894), Victoria (1898), and The Growth of the Soil (1917)—and was honored by the King of Norway with the St. Olav Medal and with the Knight’s Cross, First Class, of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit.

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Victoria 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
JimmyChanga on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is like an inferior version of Pan. Thankfully, it's short. And probably it's better than I give it credit for--but it's just hard not to compare it to his other masterpieces. This story of unrequited love doesn't say anything about obsession, delirium, or irrationality that Pan doesn't say much better and with much more humor. It does, however, touch on some class issues, but that in itself makes me want to yawn a great big yawn.
lindawwilson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
GROWTH OF THE SOIL is one of my all time favorites; also this author is a Nobel Prize winner, so I have paid attention to his works. HUNGER was not good, but this one was pretty good; wanders a little and is very short, but a love story with a different twist.
araridan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Victoria is from the same author of Hunger, but where Hunger follows a starving young man and a complexity of issues about the nature of humanity...Victoria is pretty much a story of unrequited love. Love stories aren't really my favorite, however this one isn't too annoying. I don't have anything particularly bad to say about the's really short (84 pgs) and compelling enough, I just think one should read Hunger instead.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this book touched my heart in so many ways. its simplicity is deceiving but the deepness is overwhelming.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book............... ufgftyfy :)