Tom Geddes

Tom Geddes

Tom Geddes

Tom Geddes has taught Swedish and German at University College in Wales and worked at the British Library in London, and he is now a freelance translator. His award-winning translations from Swedish, Norwegian, and German include The Way of the Serpent by Torgny Lindgren and a number of works by Lars Gustaffson.

cover image of the book The Dreamers

The Dreamers

by Knut Hamsun

Translated 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. Robert Bly has written that Hamsun “has a magnifying glass on his eye, like a jeweler’s,” and Dreamers gleams like a perfect, semi-precious stone.

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