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.
Hamsun later named his daughter "Victoria", after the novel.
- Victoria, a 1979 Swedish film directed by Bo Widerberg
- Victoria, a 2013 Norwegian film directed by Torun Lian
- Gibbs, Walter (February 27, 2009). "Norwegian Nobel Laureate, Once Shunned, Is Now Celebrated". The New York Times.
- Enright, DJ (February 24, 1972), "Blood and Blossoms", The New York Review of Books.
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