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Knut Hamsun (August 4 1859February 19 1952) was a leading Norwegian author best known for his 1890 novel Hunger (Sult), a semi-autobiographical work described a young and egocentric writer's descent into near madness as a result of hunger and poverty in the Norwegian capital of Kristiania. To many, the novel presaged the writings of Franz Kafka and other twentieth-century novelists with its internal monologue and bizarre logic.



This bibliography database is made by the National Library of Norway and the University library of Tromsø. The National Library maintains and updates it, and currently it includes about 10 000 articles, books and references.

YearTitleTranslated titleISBN
1877Den Gaadefulde. En kjærlighedshistorie fra Nordland (Published as Knud Pedersen)
1878 Et Gjensyn (Published as Knud Pedersen Hamsund)
1878 Bjørger (Published as Knud Pedersen Hamsund)
1889 Lars Oftedal. Udkast (11 articles, previously printed in Dagbladet)
1889 Fra det moderne Amerikas AandslivThe Spiritual Life of Modern America
1890 SultHungerISBN 0-374-52528-5
1892 MysterierMysteriesISBN 0-14-118618-6
1893 Redaktør Lynge
1893 Ny JordShallow SoilISBN 1-4191-4690-4
1894 PanPanISBN 0-14-118067-6
1895 Ved Rigets PortAt the Gate of the Kingdom
1896 Livets SpilThe Game of Life
1897 Siesta
1898 Aftenrøde. Slutningspil
1898 Victoria. En kjærlighedshistorieVictoriaISBN 1-55713-177-5
1902 Munken Vendt. Brigantines saga I
1903 I Æventyrland. Oplevet og drømt i KaukasienIn WonderlandISBN 0-9703125-5-5
1903 Dronning Tamara (Play in three acts)
1903 Kratskog
1904 Det vilde Kor (Poems) The Wild Choir
1904 SværmereMothwise (1921), DreamersISBN 0-8112-1321-8
1905 Stridende Liv. Skildringer fra Vesten og Østen
1906 Under Høststjærnen. En Vandrers FortællingUnder the Autumn StarISBN 1-55713-343-3
1908 BenoniBenoni
1908 Rosa: Af Student Parelius' PapirerRosaISBN 1-55713-359-X
1909 En Vandrer spiller med SordinA Wanderer Plays on Muted Strings ISBN 1-892295-73-3
1909 En Vandrer spiller med SordinAlso translated combined with Under Høststjærnen as Wanderers ISBN 1-4191-9307-4
1910 Livet i Vold (Play in four acts)In the Grip of Life
1912 Den sidste GlædeThe Last JoyISBN 1-931243-19-0
1913 Børn av TidenChildren of the Age
1915 Segelfoss By 1Segelfoss Town (Volume 1)
1915 Segelfoss By 2Segelfoss Town (Volume 2)
1917 Markens Grøde 1Growth of the SoilISBN 0-394-71781-3
1917 Markens Grøde 2
1918 Sproget i Fare
1920 Konerne ved Vandposten IThe Women at the PumpISBN 1-55713-244-5
1920 Konerne ved Vandposten II
1923 Siste Kapitel IThe Last Chapter (Volume 1)
1923 Siste Kapitel IIThe Last Chapter (Volume 2)
1927 Landstrykere IWayfarersISBN 1-55713-211-9
1927 Landstrykere II
1930 August IAugust (Volume 1)
1930 August IIAugust (Volume 2)
1933 Men Livet lever IThe Road Leads On (Volume 1)ISBN 1-4191-8075-4
1933 Men Livet lever IIThe Road Leads On (Volume 2)
1936 Ringen sluttetThe Ring is Closed Neqrolog
1949 Paa gjengrodde StierOn Overgrown PathsISBN 1-892295-10-5

Nobel Prize-winning writer Isaac Bashevis Singer was also greatly influenced by Hamsun and translated some of his works.

Author Henry Miller discusses a letter received from Knut Hamsun in Sexus (The Rosy Crucifixion)

Cinematization of literary works

Hamsun's works have been the basis of 25 films and television mini-series adaptations, starting in 1916.

The book Mysteries was the basis of a 1978 film of the same name (by the Dutch film company Sigma Pictures), directed by Paul de Lussanet, starring Sylvia Kristel, Rutger Hauer, Andrea Ferreol and Rita Tushingham.

Landstrykere (Wayfarers) is a Norwegian film from 1990 directed by Ola Solum.

The Telegraphist is a Norwegian movie from 1993 directed by Erik Gustavson. It is based on the novel "Mothwise" (of which the American title is "Dreamers").

Pan has been the basis of four films between 1922 and 1995. The latest adaptation, the Danish film of the same name, was directed by Henning Carlsen, who also directed the Danish, Norwegian and Swedish coproduction of the 1966 film Sult from Hamsun's novel of the same name.

Cinematized biography

A biopic entitled Hamsun was released in 1996, directed by Jan Troell, starring Max von Sydow as Hamsun.

Further reading

  • Ferguson, Robert. 1987. Enigma: The Life of Knut Hamsun. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
  • Haugan, Jørgen. 2004. The Fall of the Sun God. Knut Hamsun - a Literary Biography Oslo: Aschehoug.
  • Humpal, Martin. 1999. The Roots of Modernist Narrative: Knut Hamsun's Novels Hunger, Mysteries and Pan. International Specialized Book Services.
  • Kolloen, Ingar Sletten. 2009. Knut Hamsun: Dreamer and Dissident . Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0-300-12356-2
  • Larsen, Hanna Astrup. 1922. Knut Hamsun Alfred A. Knopf.
  • Shaer, Matthew. 2009. Tackling Knut Hamsun. Review of Sletten, Dreamer and dissenter and Žagar, The dark side of literary brilliance. In Los Angeles Times, 25 October 2009.
  • D'Urance, Michel. 2007. Hamsun. Editions Pardès, Paris, 128 p.

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