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Related to and sometimes paired with Hamsun's Under the Autumn Stars
, this beautifully lyric fiction picks up with the same characters as the other book, but is set in time six years later. The central character of the former novel, Knut Pedersen (Hamsun's real name), is more an observer in this work. His former friend Grindhusen has grown from stubborn independence to a shifty and vacillating man; and his companion Lars Falkenberg has dwindled into a small land-holder with a perpetually pregnant wife from whom he is deeply estranged. These two comedians play out a tragi-comedy that is painful through the very irony and humaneness with which Hamsun paints his figures.
Norwegian Knut Hamsun was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1920.
A new edition of Hamsun's charming novel, related in subject and characters to Under the Autumn Star (Sun and Moon Press).
Fiction. Related to and sometimes paired with Hamsun's UNDER THE AUTUMN STAR (also available from SPD), this beautifully lyric novel picks up with the same characters as the other book, but is set in time six years later. The great Norwegian writer, Knut Hamsun -- winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1920 -- continues to explore in this early work (first published in 1909), through his lyrical and passionate language, the figure of the wanderer, an itinerant of the Norwegian countryside taking such work as he can find, but simultaneously involving himself in the lives of the farmers and small townsfolk in encounters along his route. Translated by Oliver and Gunnvor Stallybrass.
About the Author
Kurt Hamsun is a Nobel Prize-winning novelist.