Victoria (novel)

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Author Knut Hamsun
Country Norway
Language Danish
Genre Fiction
Published 1898

Victoria (Norwegian: Victoria. En kjærlighedshistorie, 1898) is a novel by Knut Hamsun.[1]


A miller's son, Johannes, falls in love with the daughter of a wealthy landowner, Victoria. The novel follows them through adolescence, as Johannes struggles with the social hierarchy and becomes a successful author, and Victoria is forced into marrying Otto, a lieutenant, to save the troubled family economy.

A lyrical excursion into unconsummated love, love that is described memorably as Blood and Blossoms.[2]

Hamsun later named his daughter "Victoria", after the novel.



  1. ^ Gibbs, Walter (February 27, 2009). "Norwegian Nobel Laureate, Once Shunned, Is Now Celebrated". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Enright, DJ (February 24, 1972), "Blood and Blossoms", The New York Review of Books .