Knut Hamsun a Biography Hanna Astrup Larsen

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Knut Hamsun a Biography by Hanna Astrup Larsen
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Knut Hamsun (1859-1952) was born in Gudbrandsdalen, Norway, and grew up in poverty in Hamaroy in Nordland. From early childhood he was a shoemakers apprentice, but was also a road worker, stonemason, junior-level teacher, and so on. He spent someMoreKnut Hamsun (1859-1952) was born in Gudbrandsdalen, Norway, and grew up in poverty in Hamaroy in Nordland.

From early childhood he was a shoemakers apprentice, but was also a road worker, stonemason, junior-level teacher, and so on. He spent some years in America, travelling and working as a tram driver, and published his impressions, chiefly satirical, under the title Fra det moderne Amerikas Aandsliv (1889) [The Intellectual Life of Modern America]. The novel Sult (1890) [Hunger] and even more so Pan (1894) led to Hamsuns literary breakthrough and Sult is regarded as the first genuinely modern novel in Norwegian literature.

Hamsuns work is determined by a deep aversion to civilization and the belief that mans only fulfilment lies with the soil. This primitivism (and its concomitant distrust of all things modern) found its fullest expression in Hamsuns masterpiece Markens Grode (1917) [Growth of the Soil]. His early works usually centre on an outcast, a vagabond figure, aggressively opposed to civilization. In his middle period, Hamsuns aggressiveness gives way to melancholy resignation about the loss of youth.

The decay of age is the theme of such plays as Livets Spil (1896) [Game of Life] and Aftenrode (1898) [ Sunset], as well as of the novels Under Hoststjernen (1906)[Under the Autumn Star], Benoni (1908), and En Vandrer Spiller med Sordin (1909) [A Wanderer Plays on Muted Strings]. In 1904 Hamsun also published a volume of poems, Det vilde Kor [The Wild Chorus]. Hamsuns later works focused less on individual characters and more on broad attacks on civilization. Apart from Markens Grode one should mention Born av Tiden (1913) [Children of the Age], Segelfoss By (1915) [Segelfoss Town] Landstrykere (1927) [Vagabonds], August (1930), Men Livet lever (1933) [The Road leads on], and Ringen sluttet (1936) [The Ring is Closed].

Hamsuns admiration for Germany, which was of long standing, made him sympathetic toward the Nazi invasion of Norway in 1940. After the war he was sentenced to the loss of his property, temporarily put under psychiatric observation, and spent his last years in poverty. A fifteen-volume edition of his complete works was published in 1954, two years after his death.



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