Wayfarers

Knut Hamsun, translated by J. McFarlane
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'Hamsun's novels have the simplicity of total self-possession, of the clearest possible understanding of the human world'. - Sunday Times

As the modern industrialised world begins to encroach on a small, isolated coastal town in northern Norway the effect is devastating. For young Edevart, uprooted from his simple origins, it brings progressive alienation from the old traditions; for August, the lying, charming scoundrel, it means opportunities that will threaten the stability of an unspoiled community.

With comic irony and a haunting power, Hamsun charts the slow disintegration of the old way of life in a magnificent novel that provides brilliant insights into human nature: the visiting skipper who is lured to his death by Ane Marie because, hurtfully, he did not makes advances to her; the old watch seller who is as ready to cheat himself as he is to swindle others; the poignant, painful love affair between Edevart and the barefoot Lovise Magrete.

Written seven years after Hamsun received the Nobel Prize for literature, Wayfarers is a masterpiece by one of the great novelists of the twentieth century.

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: 9780285649071
Publisher: Profile Books
Imprint: Souvenir Press
Pub Date: January 1994
Page Extent: 360
Format: Paperback - B format
Subject: Fiction & related items

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