NORWAY: Put Out Three Flags

"I'll always be a stranger among the people," Knut Hamsun once wrote prophetically. Seven years ago Norway's greatest soth century writer died an outcast, . reviled as a quisling by his own countrymen. "A more eminent disciple of Nietzsche than any German" in Thomas Mann's judgment, Knut Hamsun was a peasant's son who grew up in Norway's far north, wandered as a hobo through Illinois and the Dakotas of the '80s, and buried himself in a remote corner of Norway to write novels (Growth of the Soil, Pan, Hunger) of great depth and power. Then, old and full of honors,...

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