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A short novel, previously unpublished here, by the Nobel Prize-winning author, chronicles the commercial and sexual A short novel, previously unpublished here, by the Nobel Prize-winning author, chronicles the commercial and sexual dynamics among inhabitants of a Norwegian fishing village--a town that muddles along under the paternalistic thumb of a wealthy fisherman who carries himself as his people's savior.
In Hamsun's post-Edenic world, nobody is quite the man he thinks he is, and everybody gets his comeuppance--even the story's phlegmatic central figure Rolandsen, the local telegraph operator, willful eccentric, and romantic egoist, as well as close kin to the imperturbably alienated antiheroes of such classics as Hunger and Mysteries.
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In From the Cold
A short novel, previously unpublished here, by the Nobel Prize-winning author, chronicles the commercial and sexual Written in the s, this was the Nobel prize-winning author's humorous tale of Ove Rolandsen, denizen of a small Norwegian fishing village. Rolandsen's adventures include romancing the curate's wife, fighting a giant, and opposing the town's fish-glue magnate. At the age of 17, Hamsun became an apprentice to a ropemaker and also began to dabble in writing. This eventually became his full-time career. The author of the books The Intellectual Life of Modern America, Hunger, and Pan, Hamsun is considered one of the most influential European novelists of the last years. In , Hamsun's novel Growth of the Soil, a book describing the attraction and honesty of working with the land, won the Nobel Prize in Literature.
I knew what that was about, of course. During the German occupation of Norway in the Second World War, Hamsun had been a collaborator; he had met Goebbels and Hitler, and was unrepentant to the end. Hamsun was not some bitter second-rater. But, with the recent publication, in Norway, of a two-volume biography by Ingar Sletten Kolloen, of nearly a thousand pages, he no longer seems quite so elusive. None of them were so beguiling as Hamsun, though, whose works include twenty novels, six plays, two volumes of poetry, and three collections of stories. What the hell was this! I imagined I had found a new word.