Victoria (novel)

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Author Knut Hamsun
Country Norway
Language Norwegian
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 .