The Women at the Pump

Knut Hamsun, translated by G Stallybrass
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First published in 1920, the year Hamsun won the Nobel Prize for Literature, The Women at the Pump has a universal quality that transcends time and place. Hamsun's women live on the Norwegian coast but their soulmates flourish in every small community around the world.

In their gossiping at the pump the women express the poetry, the tawdriness and, above all, the sheer vitality of life in Hamsun's small coastal town. A birth (where did those brown eyes come from?); a marriage (shotgun?); a death in strange circumstances (the victim flattened by a barrel of whale oil); the up-and-down career of the town's leading citizen and philanderer; the elderly spinster's pregnancy; the sinking of the steamship that is the town's pride and joy. Above all, talk centres on the doings of Oliver Andersen and the large family that he and his wife contrive to create despite growing suspicions that his mysterious accident at sea has deprived him of more than a leg... The Women at the Pump overflows with a prodigality of invention and sardonic humour typical of Hamsun's work at its best. First published in 1920, the year Hamsun won the Nobel Prize for Literature, it has a universal quality that transcends time and place. Hamsun's women live on the Norwegian coast but their soulmates flourish in every small community around the world.

Author bio:

Knut Hamsun (1859-1952) was a Norwegian writer, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1920. He published more than 20 novels, a collection of poetry, some short stories and plays, a travelogue, and some essays.

Category: Fiction
ISBN: 9780285648685
Publisher: Profile Books
Imprint: Souvenir Press
Pub Date: November 1978
Page Extent: 392
Format: Paperback - B format
Subject: Fiction & related items

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