Knut Hamsun – the Father of MindFlow

Knut Hamsun Hamarøy NordlandKnut Hamsun's first home, Hamsund gård on Hamaray in Nordland. Photo: Wikimedia

Knut Hamsun – the Father of MindFlow

The novels are attractive to the realistic style of literature. Like the book of George Orwell’s Animal farm (an article on this subject will soon be forthcoming). In this article, I will examine the life of Knut Hamsun; A writer whose realistic book genre eventually won him the Nobel Prize in literature. If you are fond of realistic literature, do not miss out on this and, more importantly, the writings of Hamsun.

Knut Pederson, made famous under the name Hamsun, was born in northern Norway on August 4th, 1859. His early education was not strong enough, because he was doing everything at work, he eventually abandoned it, and his actions came in the way that everyone thought that he had no significant personality in his life.

However, Hamsun knew from the beginning that he was the owner. He occasionally experimented with his literary taste until he began writing his professional career at age 24, gradually publishing works that highlighted him in the world of literary art.

During his two trips to the United States, Hamsun found a critical and humiliating critique by what he described as «The New Age of the American Spiritual Life». This work, on the one hand, attracted the attention of literary circles but, on the other hand, also led to many discussions.


However, Hamsun peak of work and reputation was the publication of the book “Hunger”, a milestone in the world literature. This novel, without regard to a particular place, addresses a hungry person who is in a state of affairs and does not seek to reform society.

In this story, the causes of hunger are not explained, but through the admission of what it is, it somehow forms the absurdity of literature, confronting realism through fiction.

Hamsun later published more than twenty novels, many of which were widely accepted internationally, and even won him the Nobel Prize in literature in 1920.

Hamsun the traitor

During World War II, Hamsun was an advocate for anti-Democrats and an advocate for Hitler’s thoughts and, at the same time, patriotism. Among other things, he wished for Norway to surrender to Germany. After the war, he was, for this reason, tried and sentenced to the payment of heavy fines, equivalent to all of his wealth, but was sentenced to life imprisonment instead of death because of his age.

Talented writer and poet

He is a talented writer and an amazing poet and one of the greatest writers and literary figures of the 20th century, especially in the Scandinavian region. Hamsun is not only an example of rebellion against the New Age civilization, but also the greatest writer who has been captivating and drunken, the universe of nature, forest and mountain, romantic and physical love.

In connection with nature, he was less concerned with the vague morality of the romanticism that arose in the industrial civilization and the advancement of the middle class in the nineteenth century, but rather at the very end of the human being, penetrating humanity and causing the primitive and non-communal. Something which, in his opinion, is the only one who knows the secrets of life.

In addition to “Hunger”, he works include: “Shallow Soil”, “The Ring is Closed”, “The Growth of the Soil”, “The Last Joy – Look Back in Happiness” and “Aurora”.

Hamsun died on February 19th, 1952, at the age of ninety-three.


The Nobel Prize: Knut Hamsun – Biographical
Encyclopædia Britannica:-Knut Hamsun
Wikipedia: Knut Hamsun

This article is written by our contributor, Ali Ashrafi, to be shared with the esteemed readers of Norway Today.

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