Dec 182013
 
Martin Reviews: The Dante Chamber

On his website, Irish-born author, Alan Power, describes Knut Hamsun’s fin de siècle novel, Hunger as “one of my favourite books.” And there are certainly parallels between Hamsun’s work and Power’s well-written and exhilarating debut novel, The Dante Chamber. In each, the protagonist is in mortal combat with events beyond his control; and in each, we watch as the lead character spirals downward into madness. But this is where the similarities end. Where Hamsun’s main character struggled unsuccessfully against the social upheaval of the industrial revolution, a Christianity in decline, and intellectual and psychological alienation (standard themes in modernist literature), […]