Knut Hamsun

Knut Hamsun

Knut Hamsun (1859–1952) was born in Norway and had virtually no formal education. He led a nomadic life and on his second visit to the U.S. (1886–88) worked as a streetcar conductor, lecturer, peddler, clerk, and harvest hand. The theme of the wanderer is prominent in many of his novels.

The Dreamers

Fiction by Knut Hamsun

Translated from the Norwegian by Tom Geddes

The midnight sun illumines more than fishing and fjords in this remote northern Norwegian village. In fact, half-baked schemes and hilarity abound. Big Ove Rolandsen, telegraph operator, mad scientist, and local Casanova, trades wits, fists, and kisses with a host of quirky neighbors. He serenades the curate’s wife and fights a drunken giant, but taking on Trader Mack, the town’s fish-glue magnate, is a more difficult matter. Knut Hamsun, author of the acclaimed Hunger and winner of the 1920 Nobel Prize for Literature, renders the dreams and dramas of these townsfolk with a delightfully light touch.…
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Hamsun has the qualities that belong to the very great, the completest omniscience about human nature.
—Rebecca West
The whole modern school of fiction in the twentieth century stems from Hamsun.
—Isaac Bashevis
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