In Wonderland

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Ig Publishing, 2004 - History - 192 pages
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First published one hundred years ago, and now translated into English for the first time by noted Norwegian scholar Sverre Lyngstad,In Wonderland is a diaristic account of a trip Hamsun took to Russia at the turn of the century. This detailed travelogue is a rich and loving portrait of the people and culture of Russia, and is filled with the trademark style and keen observations of the author of such classics asHunger, Mysteries, andGrowth of the Soil.

In Wonderland is unlike any other book written by Hamsun, and offers not only an intimate glimpse into the mind of the Nobel Prize winning author at his unguarded best, but a rare view into a Russia that would soon vanish in the fire of revolution.

 

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In his time, Nobel Prize winner Hamsun (1859-1952) was best known for his novels Hunger and Mysteries, which featured introspective and alienated heroes who inspired Herman Hesse and Thomas Mann ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
6
Section 2
65
Section 3
75
Section 4
115
Section 5
120
Section 6
142
Section 7
149
Section 8
166
Section 9
184
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About the author (2004)

Knut Pedersen Hamsun was born in Gudbrandsdalen, Norway on August 4, 1859 and grew up in poverty in Hamar°y. At the age of 17, he became an apprentice to a ropemaker and also began to dabble in writing. This eventually became his full-time career. He wrote numerous books during his lifetime including The Intellectual Life of Modern America, Hunger, and Pan. In 1920, his novel Growth of the Soil, a book describing the attraction and honesty of working with the land, won the Nobel Prize in Literature. As a supporter of Hitler and the Nazi Occupation of Norway during World War II, Hamsun was charged with treason for his affiliation with the party after the war ended. His property was seized, he was placed under psychiatric observation, and his last years were spent in poverty. He died on February 19, 1952. A 15-volume compilation of his complete works was published posthumously in 1954.

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