Pan: From the Papers of Lieutenant Thomas Glahn
First published in 1894, Knut Hamsun's Pan is former lieutenant Thomas Glahn's retrospective narrative of his life and adventures in the Norwegian woods. A man of fascinating complexity, Glahn is in some respects a modern successor to a long line of "superfluous" men in western literature, an heir to Goethe's Werther and the protagonists of Turgenev and Dostoyevsky.
But this portrait of a man rejecting the claims of bourgeois society for a Rousseauian embrace of Nature and Eros, explores the veiled mysteries of the unconscious by means of thoroughly modern techniques. Pan's quasi-musical modulations of pace and rhythm, its haunting use of leitmotifs which contract and distend time, its startling versions of myth and legend, and its ecstatic evocations of nature in its various phases and moods, all attest to the novel's Modernist innovations.
Pan provides a lyrical, yet disturbing analysis of love and the recesses of the psyche. This superb new translation restores the power and virtuosity of Hamsun's original and includes an informative introduction.
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I am not certain what this book is about. Journal of a psychopath? Man's relationship with Nature? Man dealing with his inadequacies? Man having no idea of his true self? All of the above? All I can say is that Glahn is a paradox in himself and that's why the title Pan. A good read if you like analyzing people's characters and trying to fit them in buckets to find explanations Freudian or Jungian or Apollonian and Dionysian.
Review: Pan: From Lieutenant Thomas Glahn's PapersUser Review - Aric Cushing - Goodreads
A strange tale of a huntsman in Norway whose odd, sick behavior seems revelatory in light of his brief love affair with a local girl. Few books ever touch on this kind of character, or this kind of ... Read full review
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