The Danish theatre Møllen in Haderslev had
first performance on it's new play "Hunger"
based on Knut Hamsun's novel this spring. In the actual
theatre season the play will be performed again from
15.-19 October in Haderslev, Denmark. From 21.October to
16. November it will be on tour in several cities in
Denmark. Hunger can also be seen in Norway in Kråkerøy
and in Kristianssand from
More at www.teatretmoellen.dk
Nirvanas Bulder Knut Hamsun og Orienten:
a book by Ronald Nystad Rusaanes. Art from the
1890'ies and up to the First World War are marked by the
many -isms. In this book new approaches are used, that
were not yet been applied in full. In the centre of the
wave of oriental inspiration of that epoque we find Knut
Hamsun's life and works. Other important names in Nirvanas
Bulder are Friedrich Nietzsche, August Strindberg,
Edvard Munch and Johannes V. Jensen. The book is
published by Samum Spinof Arena. An exiting book, that I
had been looking forward to read. And what could be more
appropriate than to sit by the stream of Glimma in the
light of the midnight sun and dive into this interesting
book. Herby heartly recommended.
Det Vilde Ord (Wild Words) is the name
of the new literary festival in Bodø, northern Norway,
taking place from 5. - 8. June. It's vision is to create
a literary footprint of Bodø and the county Nordland, to
tear down borders and build bridges witth words - between
people and cultures. The ambition is to connect "the
mighty Vestfjord" with a sea of books and to display
the wild, beautiful, windy, wet, uncontrollable and
provocative expressive which characterise the Nordland
mood. Here you will find debates, lectures, concerts,
exhibitions... no, do have a look yourself at www.detvildeord.no
and be inspired to participate. And off-course Knut
Hamsun will not be forgotten.
Festival of poetry in Lom:
There has traditionally allways been an active
cultural life in the valley of Gudbrandsdalen. Many
musicians and poets have found their inspiration here.
Diktardagene, which is organized every other year, is a
cultural festival around the poets of the area - among
them off-course Knut Hamsun! This year's festival takes
place from 1.-4. August in the towns of Lom, Skjåk and
Vågå and the programme is now ready. Have a look at the
many interesting events here: www.diktardagar.no
Ibsen- and Hamsundays in Grimstad:
Sørlandets litteraturfestival, The literary
Festival of Southern Norway, is an exiting festival in
the honour of the city of Grimstad's 2 famous sons. It
takes place every year in August in the beautifull idyll
of Grimstad. The programme for this year is here: Read it
and become inspired to participate in the many varied
events. This year focus is on Ibsen, but there will be
plenty of Hamsun-events too. We're looking forward to a
festival of sun, sea, summer and Hamsunian ideas: www.ibsenhamsun.no
Saturday, 4. May the House of Film, Filmens Hus in
Dronningensgt.16 in Oslo invite you to a Hamsun day.
After the presentation of the 8th adaption for the screen
of Knut Hamsun's novel Victoria this spring, the
Filmens hus have the honour together with the Oslo
section of the Hamsun-Society to invite you to a Saturday
of films. 3 former film-versions of the novel will be
shown. Before the films Hamsun-biographer Robert Ferguson
will give an introduction and the day will conclude with
a dinner in the spirit of Hamsun at the Filmkafeen in
Registration for participation including dinner with
firstname.lastname@example.org . The price for the day including dinner (excl
drinks) will be NOK. 500,- to be paid at the entrance.
Deadline for registration is 26. April. See the programme
New Hamsun book:
Peter Hovmand has written a new introduction to Hamsun's
criticism and his quest for solutions to the chalenges of
modern society. Hovmand reviews Hamsun's main works Mysteries
and Pan, and he highlights hereby Nietzsche and
Gadamer, criticism and hermeneutics and describes Hamsun
as a exploring human being.
Peter Hovmand is an author and cand.mag. of literary
sciences at the Univbersity of Copenhagen and he has
published several short stories, novels and memoirs.
The book can be bought from adlibris.no
Peter Hovmand: Knut Hamsuns oprør. Hamsun, Nietzsche
og oprøret mod det moderne samfund. Forlaget Patagonien.
København 2013. 125 pages. NOK 162,-
The Danish theatre Møllen in Haderslev had
first performance on it's new play "Hunger" on
February 28th. "Hunger" is a co-production with
the Norwegian theatre Nie and has already been sold for a
tour in autumn. The director speaks english, the main
character Swedish/Brasilian, while the rest of the actors
communicate in Norwegian, Danish and English. Really an
international production. After Haderslev, where there
are performances on 1 - 2 - 20 - 21 and 22 March, the
play will be on tour to Zealand, Northern Germany
and in autumn to Norway. The theatres Svalegangen and Odense theatre
have both also bought the production. "Hunger"
is based on Knut Hamsun's famous novel and is a
psychological drama about a man and his struggle to
survive, physically as well as mentally, in the 1890'ies Oslo - Kristiania.
Rogat Møller, Jyske vestkysten.
Finally a new Norwegian adaptation of Knut
Hamsun's Victoria, the saddest and most
beautiful lovestory ever. Do see the film, it is just so
cute. Remember a box of kleenex! Surely shown in a cinema
close to you too.
translation of "Under the Laburnum":
Marie Hamsun's 2 memoirs "The Rainbow"
and "Under the Laburnum" are the most obvious
sources for understanding the everyday life and the
relation between Knut and Marie (at least seen from
Marie's viewpoint). Strangely they have so far not been
translated into english. Elmer T. Magnuson, former
librarian at the Portland State University in Oregon, has
closed the gap and translated "Under the
Laburnum" and written an introduction. The book is
dedicated to professor Harald Næss with these words:
"Her skal je vente, til du kommer igen; og venter du
histoppe, vi træffes der, min ven!" (Here shall
I wait, till you return; and should you wait up there, we
will meet again, my friend!)
Elmer T. Magnuson: The
Nobel Novelist Knut Hamsun During the Nazi Occupation of
Norweay. The Final Chapter That Was Omitted from Marie
Hamsun's Autobiography of Their Life Together. 162p.
Edwin Mellen Press, Lewiston, New York 2011.
Big succes for
the Hamsun-Society literary seminar 2012:
"Hamsun in Vesterålen"! More than 120
people participated in the seminar and had a terrific
time with exiting lectures, visits to the art centres of
Jennestad handelssted and Lihallen and a splendid
excursion on the island of Vesterålen to the places,
where the young Knut Hamsun worked as a teacher and a law
See the entire programme here (in Norwegian only): Litteraturseminar2012.
assembly of the Hamsun-Society
took place on August 10th during the society's literary
seminar in Sortland. Even Arntzen wished to withdraw as chairperson after 10 years of hard work. He was thanked
with long-lasting applause and pronounced honorary member of the society. As new
chairperson was elected Wenche Rokkan
Iversen. The committee elected Hege Faust as second
Please find the committee here: committee.
"Demoniseringa av Knut Hamsun" (Demonization of Knut Hamsun). Nils Magne Knutsen, professor
at the University of Tromsø and former chairman of the
Hamsun-Society, has written a very essential article in
the newspaper Dagbladet on 30.07.2012 about openness and volition to dialogue as opposed to
black-and-white simplifications. Hereby warmly
recommended. Read the article here (in Norwegian only): www.dagbladet.no/ .
Please pay attention to possible replies, which will not
necessarily be available on the Internet.
Ibsen- and Hamsun-days in
Grimstad 14.-19. August:
The programme for the Ibsen- and Hamsun-days has
now been released and it is one of the best programmes in
Grimstad ever! The theme this year is The village and
the world outside and the programme is filled with
exiting lectures, interviews, debates, theatre
performances, first show of the film Daymark, literary
city walks, a seminar at the university... A
gastronomical event will be Hamsun's Nobelprize-dinner (7
courses!), where Anita Estensen will tell about the
Nobelprize and the chef Hans Petter Klemmetsen will talk
about the dishes being served to you. There will be
concerts - both openair and indoors. A number of gifted
and dedicated people have agreed to participate: minister
of cultural affairs Anniken Huitfeldt,
Morten Strøksnes, Dag Solstad, Bjørn Sundquist, Mari
Maurstad, Johan Galtung, Ronald Altinius, Lene Wikander,
Sigmund Karterud, Ingar Sletten Kolloen, Folkefiender...
NO, it is impossible to mention all the exiting events.
Do see the programme yourself under ibsenhamsun.no and
order tickets if you are in Grimstad in August.
Congratulations to the organizers for a terrific
programme. It's also so positive, that the neighbouring
towns Kristiansand, Arendal and Lillesand also
participate in the festival. This is Norway's most
important festival south of the arctic circle!
Source: Torlf E. Kroglund
Again an award to the
The Hamsun-centre has AGAIN won an award for
it's architecture: This year the oldest Norwegian prize
for architecture, Houens Fonds Diplom, was
presented to the Hamsun-centre. The prize has been
awarded since 1904, first to the government building
Akersgata 42 in Oslo, and it is presented by the ministry
for cultural affairs after nomination by the National
Assosiation of Norwegian Architects. The prize was last
awarded in 2008. In the justification it says a.o.: "There
is something strange in the fact, that one constructs a
building to describe the works of an author. Literature
is abstract and cannot be shown materialised."
and "To describe the Hamsun-centre is as
meaningless as to try to describe the mystic in Hamsun's
literature. Let it be enough to state, that Holl has
succeded in creating a mysticism similar to Hamsun's. The
building describes Hamsun's characters. The characters
give the meaning of the building" (my
translation). Read the justification of the jury here.
We will AGAIN send our heartfelt CONGRATULATIONS! to the
Hamsun-centre and it's dedicated staff!
Source: Norske arkitekters landsforbund 07.06.2012
Ibsen- and Hamsun-days in
Grimstad 14.-19. August:
In the beautifull and pittoresque harbour city
of Grimstad all is prepared for this years Hamsun- and
Ibsen festival. For the most dramatic part of the
programme, the setting of Terje Vigen at the open-air on
the island in the archipelago of Grimstad, we will
welcome from northern Norway one of the most loved
Norwegian actors of today, Bjørn Sundquist. The
controversial author Dag Solstad will be interviewed by
the editor of the cultural newspaper, Morgenbladet's Alf
van der Hagen. Also another of the small harbour cities
on the south coast of Norway, Lillesand, just a few miles
from Grimstad, will participate in the festival. Here
Nina Sundbye's beautifull sculpture Edvarda will
be unveiled by the minister of culture, Anniken
Huitfeldt. Other guests are a.o. the Hamsun-biographer
Ingar Sletten Kolloen, Bjørn Hemmer and the sculptress
Nina Sundbye. The programme will soon be released, so
keep an eye on www.ibsenhamsun.no and order tickets if you are in Grimstad, it is
the most important festival in Southern Norway!
Here it is!
Today it came, the long longed-for programme for
THE Hamsun-festival in Norway, the Hamsun-days in
Hamarøy! And have they presented an exiting programme!
Here you'll find all about and around Hamsun, well-known
and loved events as well as brandnew initiatives: the
popular literary hikes, where nature meets literature;
concerts with new Norwegian Bands, baroque church
concerts, a new and unique Dutch project on sound and
bamboo; here you will meet brilliant comtemporary authors
- my favourite: Per Knutsen is excellent, Frank A.
Jenssen is not completely unknown either :-), here are
art exhibitions, here are classes for writers; the
Hamsun-festival literary seminar presents a.o. a meeting
with the brave medical doctor Mads Gilbert, who was in
Gaza in 2008/2009 operating civilian victims of the
israelian attacs... NO, it is impossible to describe the
whole programme, do have a look yourself under www.hamsundagene.no
and see what exiting days are awaiting us. I just have
also to mention an unorthodox setting of Alexander and
Leonarda in a Norwegian-Russian co-operation.
Many congratulations to the organizers, who have worked
very hard just to please us, on this excellent programme.
The editor of this web-site is looking so much forward to
the days between 28. July and 5. August, the highlight of
the year! NB: Tickets are on sale from 9. May!
Source: Bodil Børset
July 28th. to August 5th. 2012:
17. Hamsun-days in Hamarøy. The Hamsun-days
started in 1982, and since then the festival has grown
steadily and is now a cornucopia of literature, theatre,
concerts, exhibitions and off-course social gathering. 30
years, a small jubilee, so surely the Organizing
Committee will do it's best to put up an exiting
programme and we'll all have terrific days! Please find
here the official website of the festival: www.hamsundagene.no
August 9. to 11. 2012:
The Hamsun-Society literary seminar. The
well-known literary seminar organized by the
Hamsun-Society takes place this year in Sortland on
Vesterålen. In addition to the exiting lectures, this
opens the possibility of visiting Hamsun-related places
like Sortland hotell, Jennestad Handelssted, Lihallen
kulturgård and not least Bø i Vesterålen, where Knut
Hamsun was a policeman. Read more in the Hamsun-Society
member's magazine: Hamsun-nytt 1/2012. There you will
also find the registration form.
August 15. to 19. 2012:
Ibsen Hamsun days in Grimstad. This exiting
festival takes place every year in August and focusses on
both of town's famous sons. Surely we can expect an
interesting programme of high quality this year like in
every year. The programme will follow.
Poems and music in the easter
A broad cultural programme is offered Tuesday, April 3.
2012 at 7.30pm at Fossheim, Lom. See
the programme here: Indbydelse.
Source: Torunn Kjøk 30.03.2012
What is Ljodahått?
Apart from being a metre in old norse poetry, it
is also an exiting project, where skilled musicians from
several European contries fronted by Norwegian Magne
Håvard Brekke have gathered to perform the best of
Norwegian poetry - in norwegian! Including off-course
Knut Hamsun and all the way from Hans Børli over Olav
H.Hauge to Tarjei Vesaas. Their new CD album "Eg
stend eg, seddu" was released at a concert in the
famous Volksbühne in Berlin and the German newspaper TAZ
wrote: "..Man hätte ihnen tausende
[Zuhörer]gewünscht, denn sie geben ein erstklassiges
Konzert" og "das Bandprojekt Ljodahått ein
herrliches Himmelfahrtskommando.." (one wish
them thousends of fans, as they offer a first-class
concert) and (the project Ljodahått is a terrific
suicidal attac). Oslo has succeded in getting the
group to Norway to give concerts at the Litteraturhuset
in Oslo on April 13. and 14. Do visit www.litteraturhuset.no
to order tickets. Visit also ljodahatt.com
to get a sample of their programme or visit them at
Facebook . Please enjoy this
unique and exiting project!
March 10th. 2012: Hamsun-seminar
in Oslo. New update on programme, registration
etc here: Invitation.
Source: Bjørn Rudborg 26.02.2012
The making of... Hamsunsenteret
For all of us, who didn't live in northern
Norway, it was difficult to follow the construction of
the Hamsun centre in Hamarøy. Here is a small video to
make up for it. We have put up the speed at little, so it
doesn't take so long and we have added a litttle music
too. Enjoy the construction: Hamsunsenteret
March 10th. 2012: Hamsun-seminar
in Oslo. The Hamsun-Society, section Oslo,
invites you to a seminar on "Hamsun and the
capital". The seminar will take place in the
Hamsun-hall in the publishing house Gyldendal on March
10th from 10am to 2pm. The programme:
- Lars Frode Larsen: Litterær vandring i sporene
etter Hamsun i Oslo. Kåseri rundt en serie av
bilder på storskjerm - bilder fra steder i dagens Oslo
som på ulike måter kan knyttes til Hamsuns liv og
- Tove Nilsen: Om å være hovedstadsforfatter og
- Hege Faust: Hamsuns Kristiania i liv og
litteratur ca 1885-1905.
- fourth lecture to come
Fee: NOK 100 for members of the Hamsun-Society, NOK 150
for others. A lunch and a t-shirt with a motive of the
day is included in the fee. Read more about registration:
Source: Hege Faust, Hamsun-Selskapet,
A virtuel visit to the Hamsuncentre:
Do you feel like visiting the Hamsun-centre in
Hamarøy and it's amazing architecture and it's exiting
exhibition right now, but you live just a bit too far
away for a week-end trip? Why not try the beautiful
virtual tour with 360° panoramic-view here: Arctic360.no . It is not QUITE the
same thing as being there, but...
New venue for the Hamsun-Society literary
The board of the Hamsun-Society has decided that
the society will place it's literary seminar in
Sortland/Vesterålen, most likely starting Thursday
August 9th and ending Saturday 11th, the chairman of the
Hamsun-Society Even Arntzen writes on Facebook. In
addition to the exiting lectures, this opens the
possibility of visiting Hamsun-related places like
Sortland hotell, Jennestad Handelssted, Lihallen
kulturgård and not least Bø i Vesterålen, where Knut
Hamsun was a policeman. A detailed programme will follow
in the next issue of the magazine Hamsun-nytt.
Source: Hamsun-selskapet on
New chairman of the Ibsen-Hamsun festival in
Torolf Kroglund is new chairman of the
Foundation Ibsen Hamsun in Grimstad and also organizer of
the Ibsen-Hamsun days in Grimstad. This exiting festival
is organized every year in August and Kroglund wants to
present a wide festival with a high artistic level and
also maintain the broad popular participation. Neither
will unpleasant questions around the two controversial
poets be omitted, Torolf says. We are looking very much
forward to the next festival 2012 and wish Torolf good
luck in his new capacity!
Source: Lillesands-posten 24.11.2011
New date for the seminar in Oslo:
As the previously proposed date for the seminar
is in the middle of the winter holidays, a new date will
be fixed soon.
Source: Hege Faust, Hamsun-Selskapet i
Hamsun-seminar in Oslo, February 18th. 2012:
The Hamsun-Society, section Oslo, invites to a seminar
Saturday, February 18th. 2012, "Hamsun-nytt"
writes in it's latest issue 2/2011. The seminar will take
place in the Hamsun-hall in the publishing house
Gyldendal. The title of the seminar is: Hamsun and the
capital. More information on the programme and enrolment
will be available in December and published in e-mails to
the members of the Hamsun-Society, in Hamsun-nytt, on the
Hamsun-Society page on facebook and on www.hamsun-selskapet.no.
Source: www.hamsun-selskapet.no 11.10.2011
Knut Hamsun's day in Bodø, September 29th.:
The Hamsun-centre and the
University of Nordland invite to the inauguration of the
Knut Hamsun lecture hall and the start-up of
collaboration between the two institutions with film,
lectures, food and mingling. The day is open to all, but
with notification of intent for the
evening session. Please find the invitation here: indbydelse (in
Norwegian only). Leif Hamsun will be present during the
Source: Bodil Børset
Hamsun-festival in Hamarøy 2012:
The planning af the Hamsun-festival 2012 in
Hamarøy has started. Apart from special celebrations
like in 1959 and 1961, the Hamsun-festival as we know it
was started in 1982 by a group of committed enthusiasts.
That is 30 years ago now, a small jubilee, so I think the
organizing committee will plan something special, and
that we will have some exiting days! The festival will
take place from July 28th to August 5th in beautiful
Source: Marianne Apold 11.09.2011
Ibsen-Hamsun days in Grimstad:
Again we had unforgettable experiences during
the Ibsen-Hamsun festival in Grimstad fra 11-14 August.
Many warm and heartfelt thanks to the Ibsen-Hamsun
foundation in Grimstad for such an exiting programme,
which enriched our lives and made us a little bit wiser. Read more...
Festive celebration in the spirit of
Knut Hamsun's birthday on August 4th. was
celebrated in festive manner in Hamarøy, with laying of
the wrath, photo exhibition, birthday cakes and unveiling
of a new Hamsun bust by Nico Widerberg. This year it is
exactly 50 years since the first Hamsun bust was unveiled
in Hamarøy and thus it was a scoop to be able to unveil
the new bust, given as a present to the Hamsun centre. Read more and see the photos...
Knut Hamsun's birthday:
Knut Hamsun's birthday on August 4th will
off-course also be celebrated in Hamarøy. This year it
is exactly 50 years since the first bust in Hamsun's
honour was unveiled in - off-course - Hamarøy. The bust,
which was a present from the Greek artist Georg
Themistokles Malteso, was in 1961 unveiled by the author
Lars Berg. This year Lars Berg's son, Einride Berg, will
hold the birthday address at the bust in Hamsund.
Afterwards an exhibition with photos from the 1961 event
will be opened in Knut Hamsun's childhood home.
Later in the day at the Hamsun centre Nico Widerberg's
bust of Knut Hamsun will be unveiled. The bust is a
donation to the Hamsun centre. Lars Berg will tell about
the relationship between his father and Knut Hamsun,
there will be a cake buffet and there will be a guided
tour to Hamsun places along the Glimma.
Source: www.Hamsunsenteret.no 29.07.2011
Festive opening of the season at Hamsun's
Knut Hamsun's childhood home in Hamsund,
Hamarøy opened it's doors to the public with a small
party and the disclosure of a memorial plaque on June
18th. After the official speeches we all enjoyed waffles
baked on the spot and coffee cooked over the open fire
and there was the possibility of a dance to the music
from a barrel organ. And as always the sun was shining
over beautiful. Read more
and see the photos...
The Hamsun-Society on Facebook:
The Hamsun-Society is now also on Facebook. If
you know about Hamsun-events, if you want to share info
on Hamsun or if you just would like to get in contact
with other Hamsun-enthusiasts, then this group is just
for you. The administrator of the group is Hege Faust,
president of the Oslo-section of the Hamsun-Society. You
can find the group here: Facebook
The Norwegian heavy metal band Vreid has just
released it's newest, blackest most complex and most
heavy album so far: "V". The theme in their
productions were always history, this time the lyrics are
inspired by Knut Hamsun, Munch and Sartre. As a follow-up
on the release Vreid gives concerts in Haugesund, Bergen,
Sogndal and Oslo. The band has also been invited to play
at the prestigious Øya festival 9.-13. August 2011.
Click here to read more and to see trailer: http://www.myspace.com/thepitchblackbrigade.
Here you will also find links to the Øya-festival. Yes,
Knut Hamsun is young, alive and progressive!
2011 starts with an exiting book release:
Britt Andersen is not "just"
professor of literary sciences at Norges
teknisknaturvitenskapelige universitet (NTNU) in
Trondheim, she is also well known as a thorough
Hamsun-researcher and she gives exiting lecturer a.o. at
the Hamsun festivals. Now she has written a book on the
lesser known sides of Hamsun. The book is on the part of
Hamsun's works, that were less investigated like Hamsun's
wild radical satires and it addresses issues, that were
so far not much investigated, like the feminized man, the
new woman and population policy. Here Knut Hamsun was in
dialogue with the political debates of his time on sex
and modernism, reproduction and building of the nation.
Britt Andersen: Ubehaget ved det moderne.
Kjønn og biopolitikk i Hamsuns kulturkritiske romaner. Tapir
Akademisk Forlag. 2011. 252 pages. Price: 280,-
Many book releases in 2010:
In the course of the year several interesting
books on Hamsun have been published, sometimes with quite
Bjørn Rudborg is well known for his
travels in Knut Hamsun's footsteps to the Caucasia
together with Ole Petter Førland. An outcome of that
travel led to the beautiful book "Knut Hamsun I
Æventyrland" in 2000. Now Bjørn Rudborg digs into
Knut Hamsun's stay in Finland and he brings many totally
new facts to the surface. Despite of the short stay of
only 10 months in Finland, the relationship between
Hamsun and his first wife Bergljot is put in a new
perspective. Also the relation between the many
Scandinavian artists and the young Finland is
highlighted. The book is very well illustrated with
beautiful and unusual photos.
Bjørn Rudborg: Knut Hamsun og Finland.
Norgesforlaget 2010. 141 pages. Bound.
In this amazing and beautiful small book
you will find poems from Knut Hamsun's collections Det
vilde kor and En fløjte lød i mit blod,
in dialogue with the paintings of Peder Balke. It just
works so well! Nobody could as Knut Hamsun describe in
words the grandiose and mystic North-Norwegian nature and
nobody could like Peder Balke express the same in
painting. Both touch a note within the reader/seer.
Helle Sommerfelt (red.): Knut Hamsun,
PederBalke. Fra serien Kunstgleder. Dreyers forlag. 2010.
65 pages. Bound.
Every year the Hamsun-Society publishes a
book in it's series of monographs, which is sent free of
charge to all members. Non-members may buy the books by
contacting the Hamsun-Society. This year the
book contained the lectures given at the literary seminar
during the Hamsun-festival in Hamarøy.
Even Arntzen og Nils M. Knutsen (red.):
Hamsun, kjønn og media. 13 foredrag fra Hamsun-dagene
på Hamarøy 2010. Hamsun-Selskapet 2010. 197 pages.
Ivar Roger Hansen is curator of the
Petter Dass museum at Alstadhaug, but he also has a
thorough knowledge of Knut Hamsun and in particularly he
is an expert on the theme of Hamsun and music, where he
has a.o. published the music-bibliography: "Der
synger i mig en tone". Ivar Roger has now traced a
long-lasting correspondence between Knut Hamsun and the
Danish author Hulda Lütken, a correspondence which has
not been known so far. The book "Rolig
vildskap" gives an exiting introduction to Hulda
Lütken's life and works and to Knut Hamsun's interest in
Ivar Roger Hansen: Rolig vildskap. Om den
danske forfatteren Hulda Lütken og Knut Hamsun.
Helgeland museum 2010. 115 pages.
Aaslaug Vaa, Nina Frang Høyum, Erik
Fenstad Langdalen and Lars Müller have edited this
homage to Knut Hamsun, to the architect Steven Holl and
his Hamsun-centre and to this Hamarøy, which is the
centre of it all. The book contains a series of essays
from Norwegian and foreign personalities, who all are
dedicated to Hamsun, from the US-American writer Paul
Auster over the Danish film director Henning Carlsen to
Norwegian Catherine Krøger. Though -off course - the
content is the most important, the book is also a
bibliophilic pleasure beautifully printed on quality
paper. And without the enormous work done by the editors
for the creation of the centre, we would not have had the
centre at all. This book is the last full stop in the
happy end of establishing the Hamsun centre.
Aaslaug Vaa et al (red.): Hamsun Holl
Hamarøy. Lars Müller publishers 2010. 252 pages. Bound.
I think, it is the first time somebody
has occupied himself with the theme of food and meals in
the works of Knut Hamsun. When one considers, what an
important role food plays - not just as a mean to survive
- but also as a prologue to action or to changes in
relations between people, then it is commendable that
Inge Fagerbakk has published a "Hamsun cook
book". As a bonus on top of very fine philosophy on
Hamsun's texts, you will find 150 exiting recipes, often
old traditional food, but so delicate, that water runs in
your mouth whilst reading: Do take care to have a filled
refrigerator before starting reading.
Inge Fagerbakk: Hamsunkokeboka. Orkana
forlag 2010. 268 pages. Bound.
Marianne Hamsun is a well known painter,
both under her Hamsun name and under her maiden name
Marianne Feiring. Now Marianne has written the memoirs on
her life in the Hamsun family and on the people, who
influenced her life. Especially fine are the memories of
her married life with Knut Hamsun's son Tore.
Marianne Hamsun: Den fraværendes
nærhet. Licentia forlag 2010. 168 pages. Bound.
At the opening of the exhibition in the Hamsun-centre
on 13.06.2010, Per Kristian Olsen, journalist at the
Norwegian Television NRK, presented his new Hamsun book:
"I Hamsuns fotspor. Mellom øst og vest - reiser som
formet forfatteren og personen." In Hamsun's
footsteps between East and West is a beautifully
illustrated book with many photos shot during the
research and the taking of the television documentary
"Devine Madness". Focus in the book are
Hamsun's travels in USA and the Orient, which Per
Kristian Olsen argues has had a far larger impact on
Hamsun's formation than previously assumed. The book may
be bought in the book shop or directly at Norwegian
Per Kristian Olsen: I Hamsuns fotspor. NRK Aktivium
2010. 160 pages. Bound. Price: 349,- NOK.
Do you need a souvenir from Knut Hamsun's 150
years jubilee? What about a bottle of Hamsun-wine? Read
more at the vinmonopolet: www.vinmonopolet.no
Source: Torunn Kjøk
Hamsun-days in Hamarøy. 31.July-08.August
Every other year this cornucopia of cultural
events around Knut Hamsun takes place, in the middle of
the most beautiful North-Norwegian landscape. The
programme is ready now: Read
Source: www.knuthamsun.no 13.05.2010
Ibsen and Hamsun, Grimstad. The foundation
Ibseniana and the Grimstad branch of the Hamsun-Society
have now merged into one new foundation. The reason
behind is, that the Ibseniana and the Hamsun-Society in
Grimstad for several years have co-operated so closely as
to have joint steering committee meetings and working
together on all events, especially the yearly Ibsen- and
Hamsun-days. The last years they have de facto acted as
The Hamsun-Society literary seminar 2010:
One of the main activities of the Hamsun-Society is the
popular literary seminar during the Hamsun-festival
in Hamarøy, which this year takes place from
31. July to 8. August. The literary seminar itself takes
place from 4. to 6. August and the preliminary programme
is now ready with many exiting items. See the preliminary
Source: Even Arntzen
The Petter Dass-medal 2010 goes to director
Bodil Børset and the Hamsuncentre:
This year's Petter Dass-medal is awarded to the
Hamsuncentre and it's managing director Bodil Børset as
"... an encouragement and support for the
important work Bodil Børset has in front of her: to give
the Hamsuncentre the significance, which the awarding
committee mean Knut Hamsun and the Centre deserve
not just to the county of Nordland and to Norway
but to the world". The medal is awarded by the
Nordlændingernes Forening, an honourable society founded
1862, and the medal has since 1912 been given to
individuals, merited by Northern Norway. Among former
prize-winners are H.M. Queen Sonja, Richard With (the
coastal steamer Hurtigruten), the Sami singer Mari Boine
and the artist Kaare Espolin Johnson. Heartfelt
Hamsun evening in Kolding
Thursday 25. February 2010 at 6.30pm in Nikolai biograf
The evening is a collaboration between the
Folkeuniversitetet, Fritze Lundstrøm from Nikolaj
biograf and Foreningen NORDEN. The theme: "A
controversial Norwegian and a literary giant." will
be addressed by the literary scientist Jonas Kjærgaard
Laursen. The theme will distinguish between an author's
literary work and political preferences. With the novel
"Hunger" (1890) Knut Hamsun entered the
European literary premier league and he received the
Nobel Prize in 1920 for the novel "Growth of the
Soil" (1917). Is it possible to praise literary
works by an author, who supported Germany during the war?
Can the political errors of the author be found in his
books? Do we have to abandon the idea of art as educative
and source of good manners? Based on such questions
Hamsun's works will be discussed. Afterwards Henning
Carlsen's film "Hunger" (1966) will be shown.
Victoria statue to Valdres:
A donation of NOK 300.000 from
Sparebankstiftelsen makes it possible for
Hamsun-enthusiasts in Aurdal to erect a statue of
Hamsun's Victoria at the old coaching station. The
sculptress Nina Sundbye has cast a series of bronzes of
young Victoria. Knut Hamsun wrote the novel whilst living
in Aurdal. - We had hoped to unveil the statue at the
Hamsun-jubilee this summer, but it did not work out. But
next summer it will for sure be in place, say Ida Karin
Dale and Bjørn Husevold, who on behalf of the foundation
Frydenlund received the donation from Sparebankstiftelsen
Source: Oppland Arbeiderblad 4.
"Hunger" in the Diamond. Hamsun's
"Hunger" as a theatre play 25. November 2009:
As a tribute to Hamsun on his 150. jubilee 3 actors will
perform his masterpiece Hunger as a theatre play.
End of November you can experience the Norwegian author
Knut Hamsun's novel "Hunger" told by 3 actors
and visualized through pictures, sound and letters from
the collections of the Royal Library.
Politiken Plus in collaboration with the Royal Library
invite to "Hunger" in The Black Diamond in
The piece is played by Peter Gilsfort, Cecilia Zwick Nash
and Gerz Feigenberg, who also wrote the manuscript and
dramatized the novel.
"Hunger was a plight, that Hamsun was born into. He
lacked the supreme, the border-breaking, the super-human,
the true. And then he dreamt of recognition from those,
But when he got it, he could not free himself from the
contempt or the pleasure of the suffering of being
outcast. The play will be a passionate re-telling of
Hunger combined with references to other books, thoughts,
letters, incidents and photos, captured on the
stage", says Lise Bach Hansen from the Royal
Source: Politiken Plus
Hamsun in Vesterålen:
During the Hamsun-jubilee celebrations in
Vesterålen from 18.-20. September Leif Hamsun unveiled a
bust of his grandfather in Sortland Hotell. Knut Hamsun
stayed here from time to time in 191112 while
working on the novel "Look back on Happiness"
(Den sidste Glæde). He stayed in Sortland hotel in room
no. 10. This room has been restored into a
"Hamsun-room" with, among others, the original
door from Hamsun's days at the hotel. Read more at the
National Library here: Nasjonalbiblioteket. The bust was
made by the artist Nicolaus Widerberg.
Source: Leif Hamsun and
Slowly but surely you will find reports and
photos from some of the Hamsun-events, where we
participated. These accounts you will find under Festival reports.
Memorial plaque for Marie and Knut Hamsun
During the festival Fossedagene in Sollia 5
September, county mayor Arnfinn Nergård unveiled a
plaque in honour of Marie and Knut Hamsun. The plaque
will be placed at Hamsun's cottage, The Castle, which
lies close to Atnebrufossen. Just married Marie and Knut
Hamsun lived here for a year from summer 1909 to summer
1910 in the nearby guesthouse. Here he wrote the novel
"Wanderers" (En vandrer spiller med sordin) and
the play "In the Grip of Life" (Livet i vold).
These titles together with a portrait of the couple adorn
Source: Østlendingen and Steinar
Knut Hamsun's wars:
The support to the nazis and the German forces
has made Hamsun Norway's most controversial poet ever,
and it is especially this aspect of Hamsun's life and
works that the foundation Stiftelsen Akershus festning
for kunst og kultur (SAKK) wish to throw light on by
lectures, debates and artistic performances. All events
are free and all events take place at Akershus castle,
apart from the opening ceremony, which takes place at
Norges Hjemmefrontmuseum, from 2.-6. September. Among the
participants are Lars Frode Larsen, the theatre Beint
Fram, Kjartan Fløgstad and many others. See the
programme here: Programme and read more at the
national Library here: Nasjonalbiblioteket.
Source: Olaf Haagensen 26.08.2009
Hamsun-room in the former Frydenlund
skysstasjon in Aurdal:
During the Hamsun-jubilee celebrations in
Valdres 22. August Leif Hamsun inaugurated a Hamsun-room,
which will contain a permanent mini-museum in one of the
former guesthouse's smaller rooms. Knut Hamsun had a
life-long friendship with the son of the house, Erik
Frydenlund and Hamsun sent his own two sons Tore and
Arild here to strengthen their health in the fresh
mountain air and for them to attend school here for some
Hamsun-bust unveiled in Hamsun-lounge:
The flagship of the coastal line Hurtigruten,
M/S Midnatsol, has - as you may know - an impressive
lounge named after Knut Hamsun. To complete this lounge a
bust of Knut Hamsun made by the Norwegian artist Stina
Marie Velten Edfeldt was unveiled on 20. August 2009.
Really a remarkable fine bust, precisely showing the
personality of Knut Hamsun - both the strong, unique,
masterful author and the sensitive, vulnerable human
being behind. Really an excellent initiative by hotel
manager Steinar Olsen, who has now furnished a lounge,
which invites to reflection and inspiration for M/S
Midnatsol's passengers and visitors. The unveiling was
done by the owner of this website, Kirsten Hedvig
Rasmussen, with some reflections over the ambiguity in
Knut Hamsun's life and works.
Stina Velten, Steinar Olsen and Hedvig
Rasmusen at the unveiling of the Hamsun-bust onboard M/S
Hamsun-bust on Knut Hamsun's Square in
On June 19. 2009 a bust of Knut Hamsun was
disclosed on the square in front of Grimstad library. The
library will, be the way, soon be transformed into a Knut
Hamsun museum. The square was at the same time renamed
into "Knut Hamsuns plass". The bust was made by
the sculpturer Roald Olsson in 1994. Knut Hamsun's
grandchild Anne Marie Thurmann-Moe got the bust as a
birthday present from her husband Jan in 2000 but they
both planned to donate the bust to Grimstad city, when
time was ripe. The 19. June Anne Marie Thurmann-Moe
herself unveiled the bust in the presence of among others
the artist's son Bengt Olsson, Knut Hamsun's
grandchildren Leif and Ingeborg and a large number of
citizens of Grimstad and mayor Hans Antonsen.
Bengt Olsson and A.M.Thurmann-Moe Leif Hamsun,
A.M.Thurmann-Moe and Ingeborg Hamsun
Plaque on Hotel Norge in Lillesand:
During the festival LillesandsDa'ene 2009 the
21.June a plaque was unveiled at Hotel Norge in Lillesand
commemorating Knut Hamsun's many stays here. The mayor of
Lillesand, Arne Thomassen, unveiled the plaque after a
cultural-historic walk "in the footsteps of Hamsun
in Lillesand". Hamsun's home, Nørholm, belonged in
Hamsun's days to the township of Eide between Grimstad
and Lillesand, but Knut Hamsun mostly stayed at Hotel
Norge and Lillesand, when he needed tranquility to write.
Mayor Arne Thomassen in front of Hotel
The Hamsun-jubilee 2009 in Vågå/Lom 31. July
- 8. August:
The already abundant programme for the jubilee
in Lom and Vågå (see below) has been updated. Please
find the programme here: Programme
Source: Nasjonalbiblioteket 12.06.2009
Hamsun- and Ibsen days in Grimstad 13.-16.
August (with a prelude from 10.-12. August):
Also in Grimstad, Knut Hamsun's hometown for
more than 30 years, the 150. jubilee will be celebrated
during the yearly Hamsun- and Ibsendays, as usual in
co-operation between the Hamsun-Society in Grimstad and
the foundation Ibseniana. "This year's literary
festival in Grimstad offers film, theatre, literary
seminars, concerts, recitations, exhibitions, hikes and
guided tours. We will use the whole town, the archipelago
and the surrounding areas" , the organisers
promise. Do take part in the celebration of Hamsun and of
20 years literary festivals in Grimstad! Enjoy the
beautiful harbour town of Grimstad and the exiting
programme. The enthusiastic organisers have again found
interesting and surprising events and at the same time
kept the unique character of this festival. See the whole
programme here: Programme or visit the website of the
Hamsun- and Ibsen days at www.hamsunibsen.no
Source: Eva Wiksén Næser 27.05.2009
Growth of the Soil in Lom:
Juni Dahr and Gard B. Eidsvold's modern and
well-received theatre-in-the-barn performance of Hamsun's
Growth of the Soil is now visiting Lom. The active and
dedicated Hamsunlaget i Lom (The Hamsun Society in Lom)
has managed to secure 3 performances from 26.-28. June in
the barn at Garmostræet. Here you will find the facts:
Time, tickets, accomodation and more: Invitation, press release and poster.
If these dates are not optimal for you or if you live too
far away, you can find more dates and other locations
. Welcome to an inspiring performance!
Source: Torunn Kjøk 21.05.2009
Hamsun in Hamburg:
The Hamsun-jubilee is celebrated everywhere.
Also the Norwegian Club in Hamburg had chosen Hamsun as
theme during the Norwegian national day festivities on
17. May. The owner of this website, Kirsten Hedvig
Rasmussen, held the festive address at the club dinner
under the title: "Knut Hamsun - with a twinkle in
the eye". This 120 years old club was founded on the
national day 17. May 1889. Heartfelt congratulations on
SummerMelbu 3. 5. July 2009
Welcome to Summer-Melbu! For the 24. time this unique
combination of literary science, philosophy, music, art,
local life-style and much more is taking place here on
Vesterålen, far north of the arctic circle. The Nordland
Academy for Arts and Science invites to it's literary
seminar: "Litteratur som kollektivt
minne. Omdreiningspunkt Knut Hamsuns forfatterskap"
(Literature as collective memory. Focal point the works
of Knut Hamsun). The topics raised are, whether
re-reading Hamsun's texts may stimulate our collective
memory and how literary reading is affected by cultural
and historical background. Meet the author Carsten Jensen
and a series of exiting lecturers in the middle of the
most beautiful arctic summer. Please find here the Nordland Academy and
the programme for the literary
seminar. Read also our own
report from the previous Summer-Melbu 2007 and be inspired to partake yourself!
Source: Aaslaug Vaa 14.05.2009
Hamsun conference at the University of Oslo:
The University of Oslo invites to a Hamsun
conference from 27.-29 August titled:
"Transgression, worlding and remediation".
Themes are among others transgression in Hamsun's works,
Hamsun in world literature and Hamsun's works adapted for
theatre, film and other media. The conference will be
opened by Lars Saabye Christensen and Hamsun scientists
from Norway and from abroad are participating. There will
be plenary lectures and parallel sessions. The social
programme will include music and reception by the City of
Oslo. Read more at Institutt
for lingvistiske og nordiske studier and see the programme here.
Source: Martin Humpal 22.04.2009
Hamsun-festival in Hamarøy 1.-9. August 2009:
Finally it came, the longed-for programme for
this year's Hamsun-festival in Hamarøy. We can look
forward to concerts, literary hikes, art exhibitions,
debates and poets.... As usual exiting days await us: the
enthusiastic citizens of Hamarøy, we visitors, who come
every year and especially you, who may participate for
the first time.
The main event is off-course the inauguration of the
Hamsun-centre (with royal participation?) on Hamsun's
birthday August 4th; the traditional Literary seminar
asks "Why is Hamsun's literature disturbing?"
and acknowledged literary scientists gives their opinion;
the concerts include contemporary music/theatre, church
concerts over jazz to beloved Mari Boine; there will be
dark, grotesque figure-theatre and there will be market
days and partying.
Here you can see the programme for the Hamsun-festival,
here is the programme for the literary seminar
and here is the website of the Hamsun-festival.
This is Norway's most beautiful festival for you, who
desire culture at high-level, amazing nature and enjoy
the company of happy and dedicated people. Visit Hamarøy
Piano for Hamarøy:
Locals in Hamarøy are running a fundraising
campaign in order to acquire a piano for the hall in the
new Hamsun-centre. "We want Hamarøy to host
concerts with the best artists possible and therefore a
proper piano is a must." The piano is thought to be
a present from the people and the business world in the
region and it will be possible to donate either through
sponsoring or via "buying" keys or strings.
Read more how to participate here: Flygelaksjonen.
Source: Elin Eidsvik 28.04.2009
at Kristiansand library:
Kristiansand folkebibliotek is celebrating
Hamsun's 150. jubilee with a blog: http://hamsun2009.blogspot.com.
Everybody with an opinion on or an experience
to Knut Hamsun's works can participate here. Taste
is difficult to discuss. Some prefer "Hunger",
others find "Women at the pump" the absolute
best novel from Hamsun's hand. Whether you agree or not;
Kristiansand library wants to hear your opinion or your
Source: Reidar Bjorvatn, Kristiansand
Hamsun-jubilee 2009 in Vågå/Lom 31. July - 8. August:
Hamsunlaget i Lom, the local branch of the
Hamsun-Society, has exceeded themselves this year and
brought out an exiting programme. Here are art
exhibitions with a.o. Karl Erik Harr, chef Arne Brimi
serves food with quality, Marianne Hamsun reads from
Marie Hamsun's books, there will be folk-music and
classical concerts, there will be literary seminars with
lectures from a.o. Edvard Hoem, lectures from Russia and
China (in Norwegian!), lectures from Trondheim to Paris,
there will be guided tours, there will be rock and
festivity AND like Oslo, Hamarøy and Grimstad this is
one of the 4 national celebrations. All this in the area,
where Knut Hamsun was born and later confirmed. Visit
Vågå and Lom and experience the valley, where 3
Nobel-price winners in literature have their roots:
Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, Knut Hamsun and Sigrid Undset!
See the abundant programme at www.hamsunlaget.no.
Two summer weekends full of cultural activities
at Kjerringøy and in Bodø related to Knut Hamsun's
5. - 7. June and 1. - 2. August 2009. For more
info visit www.kjerringoy.info
Source: May Beate Jensen 23.04.2009
Visit the Hålogaland Theatre in Tromsø
and see Hamsun's "Feberdigte":
Some of Northern-Norway's most prominent
artists offer a unique guided tour through the magic
world of theatre. Starting point is Hamsun's poems from
1904. Experience Tromsø's new theatre building, where
the play will give you a sensuous, musical and visual
experience and where the audience will be taken to places
The Hålogaland Theatre is famous for it's Hamsun
performances, where Hamsun has been on the programme the
last 3 years. Read more at the theatre here: Hålogaland
Source: Even Arntsen, The Hamsun-Society 20.04.2009
The painter Arne Sandervang is quite busy during
this Hamsunyear. His jubilee exhibition is presently
scheduled to be shown at the following venues:
- Blå Kube Kunst in Tvedestrand 16. - 24. May 2009
- Bogstad Gård in Oslo 2. -7. June 2009
- Atelier Bendiksklev in Arendal 10. - 16. June 2009
- Bjarkøydagene at Bjarkøy in Troms 23. - 25. June 2009
- Sommer-Melbu in Melbu, Vesterålen 3. - 12. July 2009
and participation in the literary seminar with the
lecture: "Hamsun -
fra tekst til bilder"
- Sorenskrivegården in Grimstad 18. - 26. July 2009
- Lom folkebibliotek in Lom 1. - 5. August 2009 and
participation in the literary seminar with the lecture:
"Hamsun - fra tekst
- Bjelde Gård in Sogndal 24. - 26. August 2009
Furthermore he will give a talk at the internasjonal
conference "Hamsun 2009 - Transgression, worlding
and remediation" at the University of Oslo,
Institute for Linguistic and Nordic Studies (ILN) 27. -
29. august 2009. The working title is "Visual
adaption of Hamsun´s texts - from novels to oil
Source: Arne Sandervang 27.03.2009
Knut Hamsun in Rendsburg:
Nordkolleg in Rendsburg, Northern Germany
invites to a seminar: "Knut Hamsun lesen" from
5.-7. June. Here there will be focus on Knut Hamsun's
life as well as on his works. Especially the novels »Mysterien«,
»Segen der Erde« und »Auf überwachsenen Pfaden« will
be highlighted. The seminar will be chaired by the
wellknown Hamsun expert professor Walter Baumgartner.
Please find the programme here: Programme
and read more about the Nordkolleg itself here: www.nordkolleg.de
Source: Uwe Krzewina 24.03.2009
Hamsun at the Nansen Academy:
Unfortunately - and luckily - it is impossible
to mention all the numerous events taking place exactly
now in the jubilee year. We can only highly recommend to
visit the National Library calendar at www.hamsun.no, it is
We do want, however, to mention the Nansen Academy in
Lillehammer and it's seminar from 20.-23. May: "Har
vi ham nå? Knut Hamsun sett gjennom ulike
tidsbriller." (Have we finally got him? Hamsun seen
through different time spectales). Here are Hamsun,
Undset, Bjørnson - here are films and excursions - and
here are lectures by competent Hamsun researchers, but do
see the inspiring programme yourself at: www.nansenskolen.no. Immideately
after this seminar, Lillehammer continues with it's
famous Norsk Litteraturfestival from 26.-31. May.
Hamsun-week in Oslo:
The Oslo section of the Hamsun-Society invites
you to a Hamsun-week at the Litteraurhuset in Oslo from
20.-26. April. A number of renowned autors and literary
scientists from Norway and abroad promise new views. You
may enjoy highlights from Hamsun's lectures performed by
the actor Jørgen Langhelle. AND Leif Hamsun will tell
memories from his summers on Nørholm. Read more about
the exiting programme here: Programme
Source: Christian Schlüter
Exultation in Grimstad:
On it's sitting on 2. February, the city council
of Grimstad decided - after a long and passionate debate
- to name the square in front of the library "Knut
Hamsun's square". The library itself will soon be
turned into a Knut Hamsun museum. Furthermore the city
council decided, that a Hamsun-bust, donated to the
museums of Grimstad by Anne Marie Thurmann-Moe, is
to be placed in front of the library. Cheers to the
initiators and to the city of Grimstad!
Several newspaper articles comment the case. Read more
here (in Norwegian!): Sesam.
Source: Ola Veigaard 02.02.2009
The very first Hamsun-event in the
On 10.January 2009 the upgrading of the
Hamsun-lounge onboard the coastal express M/S Midnatsol
was celebrated with a reception. Present were not less
than 6 members of the Hamsun-family, representatives of
the Hamsun-Society, from the Hamsun-Centre, the National
Library, the publishing house Gyldendal as well as
several Hamsun researchers. Hotel manager Steinar Olsen
has done a marvellous job to visualize Knut Hamsun and
his works even more to the 100.000 Norwegian and
international passengers and visitors travelling every
year onboard M/S Midnatsol. Really an excellent
initiative! Congratulations to Hurtigruten! Read more and
see the pictures here: M/S Midnatsol.
The Hamsun-Society, Oslo presents Growth
of the Soil - a piece of lost, found and
restored film-history. A unique film-soiree awaits you if
you are in Oslo on Tuesday, December 2nd 2008 at 7 PM in
Sofies gate 65! Admission is free, but seats are limited
so please make a reservation at Christian Schlüter, email@example.com,
a.s.a.p. See the invitation here: Invitation.
Source: Christian Schlüter 27.11.2008
Hamsun in Vasa II:
The programme for the festival Knut Hamsun in
Vasa 3.-28. November 2008 is now finalized. Do see the
very attractive and tempting programme here: Hamsun in Vasa
Source: Inge Fagerbakk 02.11.2008
New website for the Hamsun jubilee:
As you may know, the National Library in Oslo is
coordinator for the celebrations around the Hamsun
jubilee 2009. For this purpose the National Library has
opened a new website - graphically well done and very
informative. Do visit www.hamsun.no and be updated as to what is going on in 2009.
The domain www.hamsun.no was made
available by courtesy of the foundation Stiftelsen
Nørholm, who had used it for it's information on Knut
and Marie Hamsun's life at Nørholm. You may now read
about Hamsun and Nørholm under www.hamsun.org .
The Hamsun-jubilee official logo
Hamsun in Vasa:
The University of Vasa, Finland is not - like the rest of
the world - waiting for 2009, but opens the 150th jubilee
already Monday, November 3rd and celebrates Knut Hamsun
all November - see the preliminary programme here: Hamsun in Vasa
3.-28.11.2008, Inge Fagerbakk from Vasa University
tells us. The celebrations are especially targeted
towards young people and in particular towards students.
The university wishes to visualize Hamsun as an author,
to raise curiosity among young Finnish people on Hamsun
as a acting citizen. There will be literature, film, art
exhibitions, photo-contest and history of civilization
throughout the 4 weeks. Really an exiting and
Source: Inge Fagerbakk 04.10.2008
From September 1st. tickets can be bought for
the new opera-season at the Opera in Kristiansund,
Norway. Immensely exiting for Hamsun enthusiasts as the
opera during it's opera-festival in February 2009 will
have the first performance of the opera: "Young
Hamsun" with music by Knut Anders Vestad and
libretto by Edvard Hoem. The plot is taking place the 5
months Hamsun lived in Kristiansund from November 1891 to
April 1892. In this period he finalized the novel
Mysteries and here he entered in the radical circles
around Kalla and Hans Martin Neeraas.
Moreover Hamsun-ballads will be performed during a
concert at the Arnulf Øverland Gallery on February 14th
2009 and on February 8th we can enjoy "Young voices
sing Hamsun" in the concert hall Festiviteten in
Read more at the Operaen i Kristiansund under www.oik.no and at Arnulf Øverland
Galleriet under www.aoeg.no and order your tickets
at the Arnulf Øverland Gallery:
The Arnulf Øverland Gallery in Kristiansund,
western Norway is - during the opera-festival - hosting a
causerie on Knut Hamsun by Odd Georg Murud. Murud is a
well-known lecturer, reciter and singer and he will visit
the gallery on February 10th. 2009. Find more under www.aoeg.no .
Bardu municipality in northern Norway is preparing the
Hamsun-jubilee 2009 and is in this context searching for
traces of Knut Hamsun. It could be photos, letters or
notes either by Hamsun himself or people connected with
him, it could be stories or anecdotes, places related to
Hamsun or other. These memories will be used in
exhibitions and documentation. If you could contribute,
it will be highly appreciated. Please contact the
Hamsun-committee, which is Bjarne Kollstrøm, Steivor
Bjellmo and Tor Holmstad (tel: +47 77 18 52 18, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Read more at the municipality of Bardu under www.bardu.kommune.no .
Hålogaland Theatre in Tromsø, northern Norway is now
staging Hamsun's Pan from September 4th until October
11th. Then the play will be performed in Alta (16.
October), Finnsnes (19. October) and Harstad (20.
October). Pan concludes the Hamsun-trilogy, which started
with Benoni and Rosa in 2005 and Mysteries in 2006.
Read more at Hålogaland Theatre under www.ht.tr.no
The Hamsun-Society bursary goes to...
The Hamsun-Society bursary was awarded during
the Hamsun-festival in Hamarøy to the Russian literary
scientist and translator Eleonora Pankratova. She
receives the prize for her unremitting efforts for new
translations and new editions of Hamsun's work in
Russian. This work is of extreme importance today, as the
Russian-speaking world traditionally was one of the
places, where Hamsun was most popular and where people
have cherished, recognized and understood Hamsun's
characters and Hamsun's universe. Therefore it is so
important, that also the next generation of Russians will
have access to Hamsun's works. A heartfelt
CONGRATULATIONS to Eleonora Pankratova!
Eleonora Pankratova with Leif Hamsun
New Hamsun-project planned:
The Hamsun-laget in Lom [The Hamsun-Society in
Lom] is planning a new visitor's centre,
Hamsuniana, next to Hamsun's parent's home in Lom, in the
heart of Norway. The building is planned for smaller
seminars, concerts, exhibitions and meetings. It will
accomodate the library of the society as well as storage
room, offices and toilet facilities. Do visit the website
of the society at www.hamsunlaget.no and see the
architect's drawings. Another exiting present for the
2009 jubilee! We wish the Hamsun-laget all the best with
Source: www.hamsunlaget.no 15.07.2008
Growth of the Soil:
If you missed Gard B. Eidsvold and Juni
Dahr's exiting "theatre in the barn" production
of Growth of the Soil last year, you will have the chance
again this year. The play will be performed several times
in summer and autumn in different places all around
Norway from Bygdøy to Hammerfest. Do visit www.dahr.no
to see where and when the play is performed near you and
make a reservation. It is highly recommended!
Source: Marianne Roland 17.06.2008
Hamsun's printing office knocked down:
Knut Hamsun had his first work "Den
Gaadefulde" (The Enigmatic) published and printed in
Tromsø. The rear building in Skippergata 19, where the
print shop was located, had long been a ruin and has now
been knocked down to make space for flats. A conservation
officer has stated, that a restauration was not possible
due to the bad state of the building, but to
Hamsun-enthusiasts and to lovers of architecture and old
houses and for the history of the city of Tromsø it was
still sad news.
Hamsun's first print shop: Skippergata 19, Tromsø
ceremony at the
Hamsun-centre in Hamarøy II:
I did not have the chance to be present at the
stone-laying ceremony last Monday, alas, - there are 2846
kilometers up there and equally many home :-). It was a
memorable day not only for Hamarøy but for the entire
"Hamsun-community" with everybody out and
prominent guests. If you read Norwegian, you may read the
story at the newspaper Lokalavisa Nordsalten here: www.nord-salten.no or you can at least enjoy their photo gallery
The programme for the literary seminar
at the Hamsun-festival is now ready:
The Hamsun-Society literary seminar is one of
the cornerstones of the Hamsun-festival in Hamarøy and
this year the literary seminar takes place from 06.-08.
August. The programme is already finalized and offers
exiting events: Mayer Rolf Steffensen will open the
seminar, we have lectures by our very own Nils-Magne
Knutsen as well as other Norwegian experts, there will be
lectures from Berlin (in Norwegian language!), there will
be a reception at Hamsun's farm Skogheim and last but not
least a speech by controversial Gerd-Liv Valla, so we are
in for exiting days! See the whole programme and how to
register here: Literary seminar.
ceremony at the
Hamsun-centre in Hamarøy:
Nordland county and Hamarøy municipality
are now celebrating the laying of the foundation stone
and start of construction of the Hamsun-centre in
Hamarøy: Monday 26.May 2008 at 2.00pm.
Fylkesordfører Mariette Korsrud will lay the stone and
there will be a small ceremony with addresses, cultural
elements and information on the project.
A detailed programme will follow, but so
far we are offering the following:
* Performance by award-winning Wakka
Wakka from New York.
* Children's choir from Hamarøy
* Newly composed piece for trumpet
by Hamarøy-composer Lars Skoglund
* An experience of culture and nature in the open in
Hamsun's own Hamarøy.
Source: Else Werring, Nordland
©Steven Holl Architects
Paul Auster and Henning Carlsen on
The famous author Paul Auster and his equally
famous wife, the author Siri Hustvedt, are participating
in Copenhagen's new international literary festival
CPH.LITT.08, taking place from 6. to 8. June in Huset i
In one session film director Henning Carlsen and Paul
Auster talk on Carlsen's film "Hunger", which
was one of the impulses for the start of Auster's
authorship. In another session Siri Hustvedt meets the
danish author Naja Marie Aidt, award-winner of the
Nordisk Råds Litteraturpris 2008.
The new literary festival offer 125 other events in the
course of the two days. Tickets can be bought at
billetnet or billetlugen from Wednesday 7. May at 10am.
There will only be 150 tickets available for each session
at the festival, where the preparations took 3 years.
See more at www.cphlitt08.dk
Source: May Beate Jensen 09.05.2008
Oslo section of the Hamsun-Society invites to two events:
Saturday 3. May: Guided tour in the new premises
of the publishing house Gyldendal. Then there is the
possibility to see an unique exhibition of all of
Hamsun's (and Ibsen's) first editions (41 Hamsun-objects
and 24 Ibsen). The volumes have been borrowed from Kjell
Ulrichsen's collections. Info-material will be
distributed. The exhibition will end soon after this
date, so take advantage!
Meeting-point on Sehesteds plass, outside the
Gyldendal-entrance (the copper door) at 12.00 noon.
Thursday 15. May: Maria Giese's film
"Hunger" (USA 2007) will be shown, starring
Joseph Culp as the "I" character. The plot has
been moved to today's Los Angeles, where the unemployed
script writer roams the town and offers his works to
negative producers. The film will hardly be shown in the
cinemas in Norway. We are showing a DVD on a large
screen. The DVD is kindly put at our disposal by Marie
Meeting-point in Sofies gate 65 (the basement, one flight
of stairs down), Bislett. Door are open from 7.00 PM.
Short introduction. The film is free to members of the
Hamsun-Society. Food and drink for purchase.
Please find the programme here: Programme.
NB! Reservation mandatory: Send an email to: Chhaako@online.no .
Limited number of seats.
Source: Christian Schlüter 17.04.2008
Hamsun-museum in Grimstad:
Congratulations to Grimstad! The city council
has just decided to build a completely new library on the
waterfront. That means, that the planned Hamsun-museum
can get it's premises in the former children's library.
The trial against Knut Hamsun after the war took place
exactly here, so the Hamsun-museum will be on
"historical grounds". Really excellent news
here just before the jubilee next year!
Source: Ola Veigaard 09.04.2008
Follow the construction of the
Hamsun Centre on webcam:
It is again possible to follow the construction
works in Hamarøy. For those of us, who don't just take
the bike and pop down to the building site, the webcam of
the county library is a good alternative. Right now there
are beautiful pictures from snow-covered Hamarøy and you
can see the road constructions in the left of the
picture. Have a look at: http://www2.digibib.no/hamsunsenteret/hamsunsenteret.jpg
Source: Sølvi Riise, nfk
Ibsen- and Hamsun days in
The annual Ibsen-Hamsun or Hamsun-Ibsen days in
Grimstad take place from 6.-10. August. Though focus is
on Ibsen this year, you will enjoy a lot of exiting
performances. You may for example meet Juni Dahr,
who last year had a huge success with "Growth of the
Soil". This year she is "Ibsen's Women".
Anita Terese Eriksen is showing the performance
"Laura", who was probably the inspiration for
Ibsen's Nora figure. Please visit www.ibsenhamsun.no
to read more about the many events, which will be
Source: Agderposten 27.03.2008
The Hamsun-jubilee has commenced!
The theatre group Teater NOR has already now
started the celebration of the 150. jubilee with the
performance "Knut is dead" (sic!) - Here we
have to remind ourselves, that the former Norwegian
minister Lars Roar Langslet called Knut Hamsun "the
most alive poet amongst all our dead poets". Teater
NOR promises "a documentary journey to Knut Hamsun's
loved Hamarøy - through grand North-Norwegian nature,
over tough literary-scientific obstinacy to intimate
secrets of the project participants". First
performance will be on 28.March at Gimle, Stamsund,
Lofoten Islands and more performances are scheduled 8.-9.
April at MS Innvik, Oslo. Please find the theatre's own
website here: www.teaternor.com .
Source: Nina Frang Høyum 26.03.2008
Hamsun-festival in Hamarøy 2008:
One of the most controversial personalities of
the last months Gerd-Liv Valla, former leader of the
Norwegian unions, is participating in this year's
She has earlier expressed strong criticism on
psychiatrics and (lack of) ethics - especially in the
case of consultative work, with Knut Hamsun as an obvious
With the theme "Authority and Morals" and
the lecturer Gerd-Liv Valla, the Literary Seminar has
secured a controversial and exiting constellation.
Prepare for an engaging literary seminar!
New German book on Hamsun's early
"Gegen den Strom. Über den frühen Knut
Hamsun" (Tectum-Verlag Marburg 2008).
"Against the Tide" Dr. Ulrich Kriehn calls his
newest book, where the literary scientist reviews the
literary trends in Norway between 1870 and 1890 and puts
Hamsun's works into this context. The book is scientific
with many notes, but also short and easily read (86
pages). The book can be bought through www.tectum-verlag.de
and it costs 19,90.
On the occasion of the 150. jubilee in 2009 the
National Bank of Norway, Norges Bank, plan to issue a
memorial coin in silver, writes director of public
relations at Norges Bank, Siv Meisingseth, in a press
statement. The date for the issue is not yet fixed.
Please find the press release here: www.norges-bank.no/Pages/Article____68467.aspx
Source: Norges Bank 14.03.2008
Hamsun-festival in Hamarøy 2008:
The programme for this year's Hamsun-days in
Hamarøy 4.-10. August is now taking shape. The theme
this year will be "Authority and Morals" and a
number of exiting artists have already accepted to
participate, like for example: Lill Lindfors and Ketil
Bjørnstad, Åge Aleksandersen and Sambandet, Ida Maria
and not least Studio Sokrates from Norway's Television
NRK just to mention some. New this year is the
possibility to order tickets at the booking office
Billettluka at www.billettluka.no/hamsundagene .
Please visit Billettluka and the website of the
Hamsun-festival at www.knuthamsun.no for updates.
Exiting days are ahead!
Source: Marianne Apold 13.03.2008
Hunger in Copenhagen:
On February 22nd the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen
stages the world first performance of the play Hunger by
Jon Fosse based on Knut Hamsun's novel. Leading actor is
Janus Nabil Bakrawi together with Stig Hoffmeyer, Signe
Egholm Olsen and Søren Graversen. After the performances
in February and March, the play will be on tour through
several danish cities. Read more on the website of the
Royal Theatre: www.kglteater.dk
150. jubilee 2009:
The theatre Riksteatret has taken up the
responsibility for 4 performances during the main
celebrations of the jubilee. Director Catrine Telle has
been selected as artistic director and she is now
gathering ideas and selecting stages in the 4
Source: Karin Engh / Grimstad
150. jubilee 2009:
Hard work is now demanded, preparing the
celebrations of the big Hamsun jubilee next year to
commemorate his 150. birthday. Norway's National Library
and the 4 "Hamsun-cities" Hamarøy, Lom,
Grimstad and Oslo will be offering a broad range of
exiting events throughout the year. The celebrations
start in February in Oslo with events under the motto
"Hunger". Then Hamarøy and Lom follow in the
course of the summer with the themes
"Vagabonds" and "Growth of the Soil",
respectively. The national celebration will be in
Hamarøy on Knut Hamsun's birthday August 4th together
with the inauguration of the national Hamsun-Centre in
Hamarøy. The year will then be complete with the events
in Grimstad from 17.-20. September with the theme
"On overgrown Paths".
Source: Karin Engh / Grimstad
150. jubilee 2009:
The Opera in Kristiansund is planning an opera
based on Knut Hamsun's stay in Kristiansund in 1891-1892.
Composer is Knut Anders Westad and the libretto will be
written by the author Edvard Hoem. The working title is
"Unge Hamsun" (Young Hamsun) and the opera will
have it's first performance at the opera festival in
Kristiansund in February 2009.
Source: Tidens Krav 17.01.2008
Photo: Operaen i Kristiansund
Hamsun letters to Norway's
The National Library has just received a
collection of letters from Knut Hamsun to the periodical
Arena. The letters were unknown and contain among others
also interesting passages on the film-rights to Hamsun's
works. Donator is Erla Hohler, daughter of Arena's Erling
Bergendahl. The letters are already public accessible at
the National Library study hall.
Source: Knut Listerud 21.10.2007
Hamsun's collected works:
The first 9 volumes in the new Norwegian edition
of Knut Hamsun's collected works have now been published
at Gyldendal. The series comprises a total of 27 volumes.
The next 9 volumes will be published in 2008 and the last
volumes in 2009 in time for the 150th jubilee. The
collected works are edited by the renowned literary
scientist Dr. Lars Frode Larsen - a quality stamp in
itself! New are all Hamsun's articles and essays, so for
the first time one can really speak of collected works.
Source: Leif Hamsun 21.10.2007
The announced Hamsun-days in Hamburg, Germany
from 15.-18. November 2007 are unfortunately cancelled.
There is still a possibility of a smaller cultural event
with literary scientists from Germany and Tromsø. If
this event takes place, we will report immediately.
Growth of the Soil:
During the Hamsun- and Ibsen festival in
Grimstad we had the pleasure of attending Juni Dahr and
Gard Eidsvold's highly publicized theatre performance of
Hamsun's Growth of the Soil. It is really worth seeing!
Do visit www.dahr.no
to see stage photos and when + where YOU can see the
Hamsun-seminar in Lom 4-5.
Now the programme for the seminar in Lom is
ready. It sounds really exiting with both local speakers,
university lecturers and international journalists. There
will be excursions and a dinner with the chef of the year
2005. The event is made in collaboration between the
Hamsun-Centre, the Knut Hamsun-Society in Lom and
Nordland Fylkeskommune. See the exiting programme here: www.hamsunlaget.no .
3 fortællinger og 4 frekke
(3 novels and 4 provocative authors) is the
Norwegian title of a new book by Hans-Ivar Kristiansen
published by the publishing house Forlag1. It deals with
Hans Jæger - Knut Hamsun - Halldor Kiljan Laxness - Jens
Hamsun and Ibsen festival in
The programme for this year's Hamsun and Ibsen
days in Grimstad is now ready and offers a number of
exiting events like the first norwegian presentation of
the Georgian film "Knut Hamsun's Caucasian
Mysteries", "Growth of the Soil" as a
theatre performance, literary café, concerts, texts by
Marie Hamsun - and then there is the Ibsen-part including
Terje Vigen and much more. See the entire programme,
ticket-service and more here: Programme
Grimstad2007 or at the website of the Hamsun og Ibsen
Source: Ola Veigaard 18.06.2007
"The New Yorker"
had in it's issue from December 26./January 2. a 6-page
article on Knut Hamsun, called "In From The Cold -
The Return of Knut Hamsun", consul Kristin Iglum
writes from New York:
The article reviews Sletten Kolloen's biography on
Hamsun, which according to Jeffrey Frank (editor of The
New Yorker) has given new light on Hamsun and the events
during the Second World War. In an interview with Frank,
he confirmed a renewed interest in Hamsun following
translations of works on Hamsun never published in
English before and following new translations into
English of Hamsun's known novels.
Source: Ola Veigaard 23.05.2007
Debate in the parliament on the
150 years jubilee and the coming Hamsun-centre:
On May 14th a long debate took place in the
Norwegian Parliament on the celebration around Hamsun's
150th anniversary and on the coming Hamsun-centre in
Hamarøy. The debate was on request of Tove Karoline
Knutsen (Labour). It is very interesting to read the
debate and see the positive attitude to Knut Hamsun from
all parties (but also how they express it differently!)
Read the debate at the Norwegian Parliament .
Source: Nina Frang Høyum 23.05.2007
Norway's best book ever:
Which book will be elected Best Book Ever in
Norway? The Norwegian literary Festival, the newspaper
Dagbladet and Norwegian Television NRK have among others
organised the contest. Among the 10 books in
the final, 3 has been written by
Knut Hamsun : Pan, Hunger and Growth of the
Soil! Join in to vote for the best book ever and remember
to vote before May 31st. The winner is announced during
the literary festival in Lillehammer June 1st. Please
find here how to vote (and you may off-course also see
the other candidates): Norwegian Radio and Television.
Hamsun in literary festival:
Sigrid Combüchen, the newest Hamsun-biographer,
will give a lecture at the Norwegian literary Festival
and the Sigrid Undset days in Lillehammer. Sunday, June
3rd you may hear her at Cafe Banken. The theme of this
year's festival is "Infidelity". Knut Hamsun
and Sidrid Undset were not exactly at friendly terms, but
in Lillehammer there is room for both Nobel-price
winners. See the programme for the festival here: Sigrid Undset Days.
Now it is coming,
the Hamsun Centre II:
The norwegian state has released the promised 31
million NOK to the coming Hamsun-centre in Hamarøy. This
happened with the proposal for the adjusted national
budget today. Many thanks to the government and the
politicians in the parliament! Now the whole financing is
ready and we are looking forward to start of construction
later this year. The decision off-course aroused
enthusiasm and joy in the whole district and among Hamsun
lovers everywhere. Congratulation Hamarøy and Northern
Source: Øyvind A. Olsen 15.05.2007
Hamsun Laget i Lom:
Congratulations to the Hamsun club in Lom,
Hamsun Laget, on their brand-new website: www.hamsunlaget.no
. Here you will find a beautiful and well-made site with
info on the birthplace of Knut Hamsun and the other
activities of the club - in the second norwegian language
"nynorsk"! Do have a look.
Source: Torunn Kjøk 20.04.2007
Follow the Hamsun centre in
Hamarøy on webcam:
Tuesday, April 10th a camera was installed in
Hamarøy church, from where you can overlook the
landscape where the coming Hamsun centre is being
constructed and over the tidal stream Glimma, known from
Hamsun's novels. Follow the construction of Steven Holl's
exiting architecture from the beginning
and follow the season's changes in Hamsun's Hamarøy at: Hamsunsenteret_webcam . This service
is delivered by the Nordland's library.
Poet's Days in Lom
from August 9.-12. 2007
The programme for the festival Poet's Days in
Lom, central Norway is out. The festival is organized as
usual in collaboration between the Tor
Jonssons-Society and the Knut-Hamsun Laget
in Lom. This year's main topic is "Nature
essays". See the programme here: Programme .
The literary seminar at the
The programme for this years Summer-Melbu
literary seminar is now ready. How does a biography on
Hamsun bias the readers impression when reading his
novels? This is only one of the questions raised at the
seminar. Come and meet biographers, writers and
university people and hear them talk about Hamsun. The
literary seminar is arranged by Nordlands Akademi in
cooperation with the Hamsun-centre in Hamarøy. See the
programme and practical details here: Programme.
Source: Bente Iversen og Nordlands
Public meeting on
the Hamsun-Centre in Hamarøy:
The municipality of Hamarøy and the
county of Nordland invite you to a public meeting on the
Hamsun-Centre in Hamarøy Wednesday, April 11th at 6.30
pm in the hall of Hamarøy Sentralskole in Oppeid. Here
everybody will get information on the project, there will
be chat, discussion and debate. See the invitation here
and join in to an exiting evening with committed people: Invitation.
Source: Nina Frang Høyum 28.03.2007
New website: www.hamsunsenteret.no :
Now, as the Hamsun-centre in Hamarøy has
become reality, the centre introduces it own website,
where you a.o. can find the planning of the centre,
follow the construction and most important: follow all
activities around the centre like f.ex. seminars. By the
way, the Hamsun-centre held it's first seminar yesterday
05.03.2007. You will also find contact persons,
background material and press releases. Do visit: www.hamsunsenteret.no
Now it is coming,
the Hamsun Centre:
The council of Nordland has on it's latest
meeting decided, with a vast majority, to warrant the
still open part of the financing of the new Hamsun centre
on Hamarøy. This means, that the norwegian state
financing can now be released and construction can start!
It is finally true, now we can look forward to the
inauguration of the Hamsun centre during the Hamsun-days
in Hamarøy on Hamsun's 150 years birthday August 04th.
2009. Read more about the centre at: Nordland fylkeskommune.
Source: Nordlands fylkeskommune
The planning of the summer festival in Melbu,
northern Norway, is under way and on July 13th the best
summer-festival in the region Hadsel opens. We hope many
will take time to visit one or more of the events. The
Academy of Nordland invites to literary seminar,
philosophical seminar, conference and many concerts. More
about the themes, lecturers and artists later. Hamsun is
central this year. The title of the literary seminar is:
"To create a life - the biography as genre". We
start by inviting to a literary meal at Melbo
Hovedgård July 15th. July 16th the biography is due.
After lunch 2 or 3 authors will tell about using his own
life in his own works. This relates to the recent dispute
in Norway on this theme. Finally a meeting with all
invited authors on "Why do we need the
biography?". Tuesday is reserved for Ingar Sletten
Kolloen, Jørgen Haugan and Swedish Sigrid Combuchen on
the relation between Hamsun's life and works: 3 extremely
different biographies on Hamsun. After lunch a visit to
Jennestad Handelssted, where the owner Kåre Bjørn
Kongsnes, an eager Hamsun-enthusiast, will speak. Let's
see, what he comes up with. Read more about this festival
at: www.nordland-akademi.no .
Source: Bente Iversen, Nordlands
Steven Holl and
his Hamsun centre:
Taking advantage of Steven Holl's visit to Oslo,
the Hamsun-centre Hamarøy and FRITT ORD invite to an
exiting seminar and press conference on: "Steven
Holl and the Hamsun-centre" March 5th. 2007 at Fritt
Ord, Uranienborgvn 2, Oslo. The seminar is open to all
interested. Read more here: Invitation
Source: Nina Frang Høyum 23.02.2007
takes on Hamsun:
Plays Hamsun poetry: "In hundred years all
will be forgotten", Hamsun wrote in 1904. More than
hundred years later the poem will be recorded by one of
Norway's "heaviest" rock-bands Lumsk. 101 years
after the publishing of Hamsun's only volume of poetry
"Det Vilde Kor" (Wild Choir) a long-haired,
bearded musician sits in a chalet. He reads Hamsun's
collected works. He has come to the only poetic part of
the authors production. He immediately realises, Hamsun's
poetry must become music. - "I immediately saw, that
this was the real thing. Just listen to the title,
"Wilde Choir". There is music in these
words." Release is February 26th 2007.
Source: Catharina Morken, Hamar
The artist Karl
Erik Harr knighted St. Olav:
H.M. the King has knighted the
artist Karl Erik Harr Ridder 1. klasse av St. Olavs
Orden for his cultural achievements.
The Stewards emphasised in their announcement, that Harr
by his achievements as a painter as well as an author has
succeeded in communicating North-norwegian cultural
history and cultural heritage to the people. The Stewards
also noted the width and the diversity of his
achievements in the cultural life of Norway.
The order will be presented by kansellisjef Egil Vindorum
in Oslo February 27th.
Congratulations! We can only add, that Karl Erik Harr
also was one of the founding members of the
Hamsun-Society in 1988 and that he has designed logos for
the society and makes superb Hamsun-illustrations both in
books and on canvas.
Source: May Beate Jensen
Exciting theatre premiere in Oslo, Knut
Hamsun's GROWTH OF THE SOIL:
With German Sebastian Hartmann as director the play has
world premiere at the Nationaltheatrets Hovedscene,
February 10th. 2007. Hartmann is well-known for modern
and visual productions with abundant production design
and intensive use of music and video. Markens Grøde
(Growth of the Soil) is no obvious candidate for a
theatre performance, but we play with a terrific
ensemble. And it's also exciting to have a German
director to do Hamsun. Something is bound to go right and
something to go wrong. And this sounds promising, theatre
chief Eirik Stubø says.
Dramatised by: Sebastian Hartmann and
Hege Randi Tørresen. directed by: Sebastian
Hartmann Isak: Sven Nordin Inger:
Anne Krigsvoll Aksel: Henrik
Rafaelsen Barbro: Trine Wiggen Brede:
Trond Brænne Eleseus: Ole
Johan Skjelbred Geissler: Eindride
Eidsvold Heyerdahl: Fridtjov Såheim Oline:
Frøydis Armand Sivert: Thorbjørn
Harr Spirit/narrator: Petronella Barker.
Source: Aftenposten 07.12.06
The first dates are fixed for upcoming
Hamsun-events in the new year: The Ibsen- and Hamsun-days
in Grimstad from August 9.-12. 2007, organized as usual
by the local branch of the Hamsun-Society in
collaboration with Ibseniana.
Source: Ola Veigaard 04.12.2006
At last, a swedish book on Knut Hamsun, and
especially written by a female researcher. From the cover
we understand that the book tries to understand Hamsun
through the sensitivity and freshness of his texts. The
book reveals the self-assertion and the self-knowlegde in
his letters. "Livsklättraren is a remarkable piece
of work", Terje Stemland writes in his review in the
newspaper Aftenposten October 29th 2006.
Knut Hamsun has been made accessible in yet
another language: Georgian! The Hamsun-Society of the
Caucasus and it's active president Olga Zhgenti have had
"In Wonderland" and "Queen Tamara"
translated and published in Georgia. After the first
performance of Olga Zhgenti's Hamsun-film the interest in
Hamsun has had a revival in Georgia and the book will
certainly be highly appreciated.
"Hunger"-day in Oslo, II:
The Hamsun-Society, section Oslo had a
marvelleous succes with their "Hunger"-day on
September 16th 2006 - in quality as well as in number of
participants. Congratulations on the succes! See pictures
from the day here: Hunger.
Price goes to
The filmdirector Henning Carlsen, famous for his
"Hunger" film, is awarded a price for his
life-long achievements from the Copenhagen International
Film Festival 2006. The price, The Golden Swan, will be
presented at the closing of the filmfestival on September
30th. It is so well-deserved! Congratulations! Henning
Carlsen told lively about his film at this years
Hamsun-festival in Hamarøy. Read more about the price at
Source: May Beate
"Hunger"-day in Oslo:
The Oslo section of the Hamsun-Society is now
organizing an exiting "Hunger"-day. Sheduled is
a literary walk with Lars Frode Larsen, a lecture
on history by Eivind Tjønneland and an interview with 2
"Hunger" directors Henning Carlsen and Yngve
Sundvor. The programme takes place on Saturday, September
16th 2006 from 2.00pm to 8.00pm with optional socializing
the rest of the evening. An exellent idea, highly
recommended. See the entire programme here: Programme.
Not the latest
Today, where (sympatic!) more and more Hamsun
memorials are inagurated, it may be notable that the
pretty city of Koppang got it's Hamsun menhir already in
1963. Initiator was the enthusiastic headmaster and
author of the city history Hans S. Hansen, who had lists
laid out in the local shops, where the inhabitants could
sign up for a contribution. The Norwegian State Railways
NSB gave green ligh to the erection in the grove in front
of the railway station and the inauguration took place on
September 22nd 1963 in the presence of Knut Hamsun's
widow Marie Hamsun and his son and daughter-in-law Tore
and Marianne Hamsun. The inscription on the stone
"En vandrer spiller med Sordin" (A Wanderer
Plays on Muted Strings) calls to mind, that Knut Hamsun
wrote this novel here in 1909-1910 while staying at
Hansen's Hotel and in a cottage (both unfortunately no
longer existing) and in nearby Sollia (still existing).
If one is driving through Norway the road RV 3 is a fine
alternative to the E6 and in Koppang one easily finds the
railway station and the grove in front.
New guide to
Hamsun sites in Hamarøy:
It has become extremely easy for tourists to
find places with Hamsun relation in Hamarøy. Right in
the centre of the town at the town hall info is now
displayed in 4 languages - english, norwegian, russian
and german - with maps, photos and description of the
places in Hamarøy, that one as a Hamsun-enthusiast MUST
visit. Also outside the tourist season one can now (at
least from outside) visit the places that had such a deep
impact on Hamsun's works.
New Knut Hamsun
"Knut Hamsun og Nordland. Den lange veien
hjem" (Knut Hamsun and Nordland. The long journey
home) is the title of Nils Magne Knutsen's new book,
which was presented at the Hamsun-festival in Hamarøy.
Few will know Hamsun like Nils Magne, so exiting reading
awaits us. The book is highly recommended! The book is
published at Angelica Publishing.
Hamsun bust to come:
Here you see the bust of Knut Hamsun,
which will be inaugurated in front of the Sortland Hotell
end of September 2007. Here Knut Hamsun stayed, as he
wrote "Look back on happiness" in 1911.
A bust of Lars Saaby Christensen will be placed next to
Artist is Nicolaus Widerberg.
Source: Leif Hamsun 15.08.2006
Hamsun in english:
Ingar Sletten Kolloen, who wrote the big biography on
Knut Hamsun, "Svermeren og Erobreren", has
recently concluded a contract with the prestigious Yale
University Press. The publishing house plans to publish
the biography in a single volume both on the english and
on the american market. Up to now contracts have been
signed with the following countries: Denmark, Latvia,
Estonia, Russia, USA and United Kingdom. The norwegian
publishing house of Gyldendal is presently negociating
with publishers in Germany and France. In Norway the
biography has reached a number of 150.000 printed copies.
The interest in the works of Knut Hamsun is also
flourishing in France. The well-known literary magazine
"Nouvelle Ecole" 's last edition (No 56, 2006)
has been published as a special edition on Knut Hamsun.
The volume includes 5 articles on Hamsun, a comprehensive
bibliography, the first publishing of the short story
"In the Street" from Siesta translated by Regis
Boyer (professor at the Sorbonne universitety and
Hamsun-Society pricewinner in 2000) as well as many
interesting Hamsun photos.
The magazine is edited by Alain de Benoist and may be
obtained at Nouvelle Ecole, 41 rue Barrault, 75013 Paris,
See also www.alaindebenoist.com if you would like to know more about the
editor, writer and philosopher Alain de Benoist.
Lecture on Hamsun
The literary scientist Dr. Ulrich Kriehn will give a
lecture on Knut Hamsun in Duderstadt, Germany the
14.10.2006. The meeting is organized by
Arbeitsgemeinschaft für deutsche Dichtung (Society for
Hamsun menhir in Grimstad:
The Hamsun menhir, which was unveiled last year
(see below), has been meved to it's final position at
Tjore outside Grimstad, where it marks the place close to
the E18 where Knut Hamsun used to make a break during his
daily hikings between his farm Nørholm and the bridge
over the Reddal canal. A memorial plaque is placed on the
menhir with the beautiful quotation from On Overgrown
Paths: "Vi er allesammen paa Reise
til et Land som vi kommer tidsnok til. Det haster ikke
med os, vi tar Tilfældigheterne med på Veien." (We
are all bound on a journey to a land, to where we soon
enough will arrive. We are not in a hurry, we take chance
as it comes).
"Berørt" (Touched) - a
film based on Hamsun's "Call of Life".
The cinema Kinocity in Drammen, southern Norway
will have a first show in June of the film
"Berørt" (Touched), based on Knut Hamsun's
short story "The Call of Life". The film is
produced by Temte Productions and was shown at the
Scandinavian Film Festival in Los Angeles January 21st
this year. Starring are Anneke von der Lippe and Rune
Temte, directed by Marcelino Martin Valiente.
Please visit also Temte Productions.
Ibsen- and Hamsun festival 2006
in Grimstad, southern Norway.
Though this year will be the big Ibsen
celebration, we will off course also have Hamsun events
during the Ibsen- and Hamsun Days in Grimstad from
09.-13. August, promises Ola
Veigaard from the Hamsun Society in Grimstad, which
together with the Ibsen Society organizes this festival.
See the preliminary programme here (norwegian language
only): programme. In addition an exhibition
is planned with the title: "Knut Hamsun as a
farmer" with pictures from the life on the farm
Nørholm, a lecture by Inge Eidsvåg and recitals from
"On overgrown Paths". The finalized programme
will appear after easter.
Hamsun would definily have liked
In January Norwegian television had an amusing
feature on the University of Rome, which for the moment
has quite a number of students in it's Norwegian studies,
namely the heavy metal fans! Norwegian heavy metal bands
are quite popular like for example Satyricon or Dimmu
Borgir. And here they sat, those 15 - 20 new students all
clad in black and studied Norwegian - not to read Ibsen
in the original language, but to sing Black Metal's
mother tongue. One of the black dressed claimed - in
proper Norwegian - that Hamsun was THE poet of heavy
Cancelled: Hamsun and Ibsen
seminar in Germany:
Unfortunately the Hamsun/Ibsen seminar at the
college in Waldenburg, southern Germany in May had to be
cancelled due to too few enrollments. The plan was during
the 3 days to present selected texts by the two big and
to highlight literary and psychological trends of the
19th century. The program sounded extremely interesting
and participation and accomodation were offered at a very
reasonable price. A pity!
donation to the new Hamsun centre:
One of the most distinguished sculpturers in the
Republic of Georgia, Irakli Ochiauri, has kindly offered
to donate a Hamsun relief in bronce to the coming
National Knut Hamsun Centre in Hamarøy, northern Norway,
the president of the Knut Hamsun Society in Caucasus Olga
Zhgenti informs us. The artist wants to pay tribute to
the Hamsun, whom he has loved and admired all his life
and who has allways been a source of inspiration in his
Hamsun festival in Hamarøy,
northern Norway 2006:
The traditional Hamsun Days in Hamarøy will in
2006 take place from July 29th to August 5th and planning
is going ahead full speed. One of the highlights of the
festival, the Hamsun-Society literary seminar, is
sheduled for August 2nd-4th. The program is not yet
finalized, but it would be a good idea to pay attention
to this festival. Please visit also the official website
of the Hamsun festival under: http://www.knuthamsun.no
New chairman in the Oslo branch
of the Hamsun-Society:
Newly elected chairman of the Oslo section of the
Hamsun-Society is Christian
Schlüter, who takes over from Leif Mevik. Christian
is among others known from his lecture during the
Hamsun-Society literary seminar in Hamarøy 2002, where
he presented his and Sigmund Karteruds new monograph.
Looking forward to new activities from the Hamsun-Society
in the capital of Norway.
Benoni and Rosa in Tromsø:
Hålogaland Teater in Tromsø, regional theatre
in the largest city in Northern Norway, is now playing a
dramatised version of Hamsun's novels "Benoni"
and "Rosa". "A celebration of love, of
love's different aspects and of the alliance between love
and nature", the press release promised. Hamsun's
two novels are adapted for the stage by Tyra Tønnessen
and Irina Malotjevskaja with original music by Ola
Bremnes and Øistein Hanssen. A MUST if one is visiting
Tromsø right now! The play is on from November 4th until
December 30th 2005. More information may be obtained at
the Hålogaland Teater: http://www.ht.tr.no/
Exhibition by Torgeir Hamsun:
Many of the Hamsun family are artists. Torgeir
Hamsun is now exhibiting his very exciting visual art at
Internasjonalt Kultursenter og Museum in Oslo from
10.11.2005 - 18.12.2005. Opening hours are weekdays
10am-4pm, thursdays 10am-6pm and saturdays/sundays
12am -4pm. Mondays closed.
IKM, Tøyenbekken 5, 0188 Oslo, Norway. Tel: +47
22052830, Fax: +47 22052839. Web: http://www.ikm.museum.no/
As appetizer you can see samples of Torgeir Hamsun's art
New book on Hamsun published:
A new book on Hamsun was published 11. October at the
publishing house Fagbokforlaget (http://www.fagbokforlaget.no).
The title is "Den litterære Hamsun" (The
literary hamsun). Editor of the book is Ståle Dingstad,
and several authors are presenting the works of Hamsun
theme by theme.
Source: Oddbjørn Johannessen
First performance of new Hamsun
film in Georgia:
October 19th was the first performance of the
much anticipated Hamsun film in Tbilisi, Georgia. The
film, which is partly based on Hamsun's visit to Caucasia
in 1899, was enthusiastically recieved by the 400 guests
as well as press and television in the Rustaveli cinema
theatre in Tbilisi and the director Olga Zhgenti recieved
much appreciation for her film. It is so positive, that
Hamsun is so acknowledged in a - for us - such foreign
country and among the public there. We too congratulate
the president of the Hamsun Society in Caucasia, Olga
Zhgenti, on her succes.
Hamsun film shown to Norwegian
On octomber 27, 2005, in Tbilisi at Marriot
Court Hotel conference hall, there was held the show of
the documentary film Knut Hamsun's Caucasian
Misteries". At the film show were attended
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the
Kingdom of Norway Gil Steinar, the delegation of
Norwegian Centre of Education /from Norway/. Also the
diplomatic staff from various embassies. Before the film
show the presentation opened Gil Stainar and then Olga
made her speech about a big importance of the film
concerning to the great writer and humanist Knut Hamsun.
Source: Ketevan Zhgenti 29.10.2005
Hamsun menhir unveiled in
Karin Engh, Grimstad Adressetidende
A menhir 3 1/2 meters tall was unveiled
in Grimstad, Norway under large public attendance. The
stone will mark the place where Knut Hamsun used to make
a break during his daily hikings between his farm
Nørholm and the bridge over the Reddal canal. A memorial
plaque is placed on the menhir with the beautiful
quotation from On Overgrown Paths: "Vi
er allesammen paa Reise til et Land som vi kommer tidsnok
til. Det haster ikke med os, vi tar Tilfældigheterne med
på Veien." (We are all bound on a journey to a
land, to where we soon enough will arrive. We are not in
a hurry, we take chance as it comes). The menhir will as
soon as possible be erected on it's final place in Tjore.
Hamsun festival in Milan, Italy:
The Hamsun days in Lom and Grimstad are hardly
over and the next Hamsun event is comning up. From
18.-20. November Milan will host a Hamsun festival. Main
organizers are the Hamsun Foundation Hamarøy in
co-operation with a.o. the University of Tromsø and an
exciting program awaits us. Contactperson in Milan is
Alice Tonzig email@example.com
. See the program here: http://knuthamsun.no/
Hamsun festivals in Lom and
This years "Diktardagar i Lom"
focussing among others on Tor Jonsson, Olav Aukrust and
off course Knut Hamsun has now ended after succesful
days. Also in Grimstad Knut Hamsun was celebrated
together with Ibsen in beautiful weather and with a large
and comprehensive programme. Two exciting festivals,
visited by many people. See my report: Lom og Grimstad 2005.
Share a room with Hamsun's ghost:
This is now possible, as Rita and Hans Petter Christensen
in Hamarøy Fiskecamping have build a Hamsun cottage
employing some of the timber from the old servant's hall
on Presteid, Hamarøy so well known from Hamsun's short
story "An apparition". The cottage will
certainly be a highlight not only to Hamsun enthusiasts
but also to people, who appreciate spending their nights
in a charming and authentically furnished 19. century
cottage. The cottage is situated on
"historical" grounds at the beautiful stream
Glimma close to the old vicarage garden. A laudable
initiative and I can also personally recommend the
Hamarøy Fiskecamping: The owners are both extremely kind
and sympatric people and the food served is delicious! Do
visit the website of Hamarøy Fiskecamping: http://www.hamaroyfiskecamp.no/
Source: Lokalavisa NordSalten
The Festival of North Norway
The festival in Harstad, northern Norway (near
the Lofoten islands) is again presenting an abundant
programme. One of the highlights will no doubt be the
theatre version of Knut Hamsun's "Growth of the
Soil" with Gard B. Eidsvold and Juni Dahr directed
by Yngve Sundvor and with original music composed by L.
Horntveth and T. Brunborg. Also the place for the
performance is exciting as the barn on Kulsengs Farm
could be borrowed for the event. First performance will
be June 19th and there will be 7 performances until June
25th. More information and tickets at festspillnn.no
The german television programme 3Sat showed on
13.01.2005 at 4.00 pm a documentary on Knut Hamsun by
Renate Zillinger. The Film was shot in 1996 at locations
in Norway and also comprises an interview with Tore
Hamsun on his father's political views and on his love
for german culture.
Hamsun in Spanish:
An entire series of Hamsun's novels are about to
be published in Spanish, translated directly from
Norwegian, Norwegian television NRK reports. The
translator Kirsti Baggethun has delivered in
"Pan" to the publishing house and now continues
with "Growth of the Soil" with sheduled
publishing in autumn 2005. Baggethun and Asuncion Lorenzo
have already had "Mysteries" and
"Hunger" published in Spanish. This is most
satisfying as Spanish is one of the most spoken languages
in the world.
29.July-05.August 2006: Hamsun
festival in Hamarøy, northern Norway.
The traditional Hamsun Days in Hamarøy,
northern Norway will in 2006 take place from July 29th to
August 5th. To see the diversified and abundant programme
please visit the official website of the Hamsun festival
02.-04.August 2006: The
Hamsun-Society literary seminar.
One of the highlights of the Hamsun days in
Hamarøy is the traditionel literary seminar of the
Hamsun-Society, where scientists tell about Hamsun's life
and works. The seminar start with the registration on
Wednesday, August 2nd at 4.00 pm to 6.30 pm. The theme of
this years seminar is "Roads to Hamsun". See
the titles and shedule here (Norwegian language only): Programme.
Do visit also the official website of the Hamsun-Society
(also in English): www.hamsun-selskapet.no
09.-13.August 2006: Ibsen- and
Hamsun festival in Grimstad, southern Norway.
Though this year will be the big Ibsen
celebration, we will off course also have Hamsun events
during the Ibsen- and Hamsun Days in Grimstad from
09.-13. August, promises Ola
Veigaard from the Hamsun Society in Grimstad, which
together with the Ibsen Society organizes this festival.
See the programme here (norwegian language only): programme. In addition an exhibition
is planned with the title: "Knut Hamsun as a
farmer" with pictures from the life on the farm
Nørholm, a lecture by Inge Eidsvåg and recitals from
"On overgrown Paths".
Cancelled: Hamsun and Ibsen
seminar in Germany.
Norway strongly present in Germany: In May 2006
a Hamsun/Ibsen seminar is arranged by the literary
scientist Dr. Ulrich Kriehn at the college in Waldenburg,
southern Germany. During the 3 days selected texts by the
two big are presented and literary and psychological
trends of the 19th century highlighted. The program
sounds extremely interesting and participation and
accomodation is offered at a very reasonable price! More
info and enrollment here: Hamsun/Ibsen
French translation of
Hamsun's first published work "Den
Gaadefulde" (Enigma), which appeared in 1877 has now
been translated into French, the chairman of the Hamsun
Society Even Arntzen tells to the newspaper Nordlys. The
initiative was taken during the Hamsun festival in
Hamarøy, Norway in August 2004 by the author Pierre
Grouix who has now finalized the translation. Even
Arntzen finds that the novel, that Hamsun did not want in
his Collected Works, though a curiosity is an important
work as one here finds the outline of the coming Knut
Hamsun and certain Hamsunian motives. The book will be
published in spring 2005.
Illustrations to Hamsun's short
stories is now being shown in a retrospective
exhibition in the Schleswig-Holsteinische
Landesbibliothek (state library) in Kiel, Germany. The
painter and illustrator Heinz Minssen (1906-1994) has
a.o. made a series of 20 illustrations to or more precise
interpretations of Hamsun's works in watercolour and
crayon, of which 7 is exhibited. The artist had his
education in Berlin and his affinity to Max Liebermann
and the german expressionists is clearly visible in his
works. Fascinating, how many artists are inspired by
Hamsun's works. Unfortunately, the exhibition is only
running until December 12th. More information may be
obtained at: Schleswig-Holsteinische
Knut Hamsun's Society in
Caucasus: Also in Georgia, in Hamsuns
"Wonderland", a Hamsun society was founded.
President is Olga Zhgenti, art critic and lecturer at
Institute of Art in Tbilisi. The Society was founded in
2003 and has already more than 100 members including
writers and artists. Also many young people are members.
The interest for Hamsun in Georgia is so deep, that a
memorial plaque for Hamsun is placed on the facade of
Hotel London in Tbilisi, where Hamsun stayed during his
travels in Caucasus in 1899.
New literary biography:
Jørgen Haugan, assistant professor at Copenhagen
University, has published his Hamsun biography
"Solgudens fall. Knut Hamsun - en litterær
biografi". (The fall of the sun god. Knut Hamsun - a
literary biography). Also this biography comprises around
500 pages and focusses on the relation between Hamsuns
life and works. Haugan has written several monographs and
biographies on Ibsen and Nexø. Here a few of the many
criticts in my translation:
It is how he treats the 1890-ies novels,
"Hunger" to "Victoria", that makes
"Solgudens fall" so inspiring to read. (Fartein
This is fascinating reading. Haugan makes use of both the
biographical as well as the literary Hamsun research in a
creativ way. (Fredrik Wandrup, Dagbladet).
"Hamsun Erobreren." (Hamsun,
the conqueror). Finally it is here: Second part of Ingar
Sletten Kolloen's new Hamsun biography. October 21st.
during the festival "Bok i sentrum" in Oslo the
biography was presented on and like the first part it is
a 500 pages volume. The critics were enthusiatic, here my
translation of some of them:
The biography itself is narrative art (Fartein
Kolloen's book is an achievement, a monumental work.
Brilliantly written because the author posseses wisdom,
compassion and knowledge about his difficult subject.
Well done , Kolloen! (Yngvar Ustvedt, VG).
..a brilliantly told story, strikingly well documented.
(Nils Magne Knutsen, Dag og Tid).
I do not consider Kolloen's Hamsun books a literary
masterpiece, but a journalistic achievement. Kolloen lets
Hamsun stay a human being. Hamsun's problem becomes our
problem. We are left with a mix-up that we love. (Edvard
Kolloen's achievement 'The dreamer' and 'The conqueror'
beats most of what has been written and will be written
on Knut Hamsun. (Terje Stemland, Aftenposten).
The biography will be published in English in spring
More Hamsun books:
A portrait of Knut Hamsun's daughter Ellinor is published
by Gerd Høst under the title "Så mange slags
kjærlighet" (So many kinds of love). Gerd Høst met
Ellinor in Berlin in 1937 during Ellinor's training as
The Hamsun Society bursary was
awarded during this years Hamsun festival in Hamarøy to
me (!) (Kirsten Hedvig Rasmussen). I'm deeply honoured
and grateful for this high appreciation. The object of
the Hamsun Society is to spread the knowledge about and
to create interest in Knut Hamsun's life and works. I
gladly take part in this work and I intend to keep on
digging in Danish and German archives, to respond to
letters from university students from most of the world
and to support children in that it is all right to occupy
oneself with Hamsun's works. This and the fellowship with
other Hamsun enthusiasts is what gives my life joy and
This years Hamsun festival in
Hamarøy took place from 30. July - 8. August
under Europe's best summer weather. The Hamsun Society
literary seminar, an innumerable amount of cultural
events and lots of voluntary work made the days
unforgettable for us visitors. Read about our experiences
here: Hamarøy 2004.
Also in Grimstad
Hamsun and Ibsen were celebrated 12. - 15. August drawing
large attention. Also here you can find our report: Grimstad 2004.
(Enigma). During the Hamsun festival in Hamarøy a new
edition of Hamsun's first novel was presented by the
Hamsun Society. An excellent initiative, as it is the
first new edition since the first edition in 1877 (apart
from a facsimile published in a few copies by the
publishing house Gyldendal in 1959 for their business
partners). Now it is finally available for Hamsun
connoisseurs. Perhaps not exactly Hamsun's most important
work, but a curiosity that belongs.
For lovers of the north Norwegian
nature, for Hamsun readers or for people who
enjoy the art of photography have the photographer Bjørn
Erik Olsen and vicar Rolf Steffensen published the work
"Hjemlængsel - vandringer i Knut Hamsuns rike"
(Yearning for the native country - hikes in the land of
Knut Hamsun). An extremely beautiful book with selected
quotations by Hamsun to pictures from Hamarøy and
Nordland. One at the same time commemorates and longs to
experience northern Norway again. As Leif Hamsun writes
in his preface to the book: "I have several times
had the pleasure of being guest during the Hamsun
festival in Hamarøy. Meeting the people, the milieu and
the nature has made an indelible impression on me."
I agree completely! Even if one does not speak Norwegian
I can only recommend the book. The pictures speak for
themselves. The book is published by Nordlandsbilleder,
"Jeg kunne gråte blod"
(I could have cried blood) is the title of the
Riksteatret's (Norway's national theatre) new play on
Knut and Marie Hamsun. At the same time as he wrote his
big Hamsun biography Ingar Sletten Kolloen has had time
to complete a play on Knut and Marie's last years. The
leading roles will be played by Ellen Horn and Ola B.
Johannesen. First performance is 7. September in
Grimstad, hereafter it will be played all around Norway.
Karlsruhe, Germany: Hamsun
is also alive in southern Germany. Volkshochschule
Karlsruhe (evening school) is organising a literary
café, where Hamsun's works are presented and recitations
from his novels take place. Sunday, 24. October 2004 at
11am at Kaffeehaus Schmidt.
"Hunger" is released on DVD including a talk
between Regine Hamsun and Paul
Who does not remember Per Oscarsson in the film
"Hunger". One cannot read the book any more
without visualizing Per Oscarsson. Now is the time to see
or see again Henning Carlsen's masterpiece and as an
extra treat a 30 minutes talk between Hamsuns
granddaughter Regine Hamsun and the American, Norwegian
married, author Paul Auster. Moreover Henning Carlsen
tells about the production of the film. The film,
original with subtitles, can be ordered directly at
Henning Carlsen at http://www.dagmarfilmproduktion.dk/
Recitations in Frankfurt and
The well known German TV celebrity Roger
Willemsen reads Hamsun's "Die Königin von
Saba" (Queen of Sheba) during a classics soire
arranged by Die Zeit, Germanys most esteemed cultural
weekly. It takes place in the framework of Zeit Literary
Forum on: Tuesday, 30.03.2004 8.30 pm at
Union Halle, Hanauer Landstr.186, Frankfurt and 01.04.2004
8.00 pm at Backfabrik, Saarbrücker Str. 36-38, 10405
Berlin. More events within this framework will take place
in Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg and Vienna.
Read more: http://www.zeit.de/veranstaltungen
Does homework have to be boring?
No, exciting alternative to essay writing:
Students at Kongshaug Gymnasium of Music have on the
basis of Hamsuns novels "Hunger",
"Pan" and "Victoria" as well as
"Fra det ubevidste Sjæleliv" (From the
unconscious) made an exciting theatre production with a
collage of texts, their own music, drama, dance, light
and film. This unusual initiative got excellent critics
in the press.
Poets days in Lom:
The traditional Poets Days in Lom are this year
taking place from 4.-7. August 2005. Amongst the poets
being celebrated is off course also Knut Hamsun, as the
Hamsun-Laget in Lom is one of the organizers of these
days. See the entire programme here: programme.
More information is availible at Torstein K. Garmo on
phone +47 61212547 or at Torunn Kjøk via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ibsen and Hamsun days in
The next Ibsen and Hamsun days in Grimstad is
taking place from 11.-14. August 2005. As usual will this
festival in honour of Norways two greatest poets be
organized in collaboration between the Ibsen Society and
the Grimstad branch of the Hamsun Society and as usual
will we be treated to many cultural events. See the
entire programme here: programme and find the press
release here: press release.
Hamsun festival in
The programme is not yet completely finalized,
but from 17.- 19. November 2005 the Hamsun festival is
taking place in Milano.
Source: Nordsalten 29.04.2005
Hamsun film: Hamsun
in Caucasus" is the title of a drama-documentary on
Hamsun, which is being filmed now by georgian filmmakers.
The film is based on Hamsuns "In Wonderland".
Director and author is the president of the Hamsun's
Society in Caucasus Olga Zhgenti. She knows the media
well as her father Suliko Zhgenti (1925-2000) was the
well-known scriptwriter of more than 20 films. The film
is being shot at locations in Georgia, Azerbaijan and in
Hamarøy, Norway. Also Hamsuns grandchild Leif Hamsun was
interviewed for the film, which is going to be presented
in Tbilisi soon.
Next Hamsun events: The
next Poets days in Lom are planned for August 2005, next
years Hamsun- and Ibsen days in Grimstad are planned for
11-13 August 2005 and the next Hamsun festival in
Hamarøy is taking place in August 2006.
Karl Erik Harr exhibits again in
Karl Erik Harr, one of the best Hamsun
illustrators and one of the most recognized contemporary
norwegian painters, can for the first time since 1991
again be seen in Germany. "Paintings from the
North" is the title of the exhibition in the
Olaf-Gulbransson museum in Tegernsee in Bavaria and will
be opened by Norways ambassador in Germany Bjørn Tore
Godal on March 14th. The exhibition with paintings from
Northern Norway and illustrations from Hamsuns books run
to May 9th. http://www.olaf-gulbransson-museum.de/
New music bibliography on Hamsun.
Cand.philol. Ivar Roger Hansen (masters in music
science) has written a beautiful and interesting book:
"Der synger i mig en Tone. En bibliografi over
musikk knyttet til Knut Hamsuns diktning" (A tone is
singing within me. A bibliography on music related to the
works of Knut Hamsun). In the foreword it is mentioned,
that the book is the result of 10 years of more or less
intense labor. An impressive work that is warmly
recommanded to all Hamsun lovers. The book can be bought
at the National Library´s department in Mo i Rana.
Hamsun as pantomime.
At this years pantomime theatre festival in
Dresden, Germany the polish "Pantomimetheater
Wroclaw" showed it's adaption of Hamsuns Hunger. The
group (and Hamsun's work) recieved magnificent reviews:
"....The group takes the spectator on a tour de
force. The main character (Jozef Markocki) shows us all
the aspects of life seen from the bottom and does not
leave uot even the most extreme situations. The spectator
is given very little hope but deep despair. The piece is
played in diffuse light and with the requisites of
powerty; latticework, suggested hovels, ragged clothes.
Often one only wishes to look away, but the intense
acting of the 6 mime artists does not allow this. A
powerful production". What a brilliant idea, I wish
I had had the chance to see this play.
From: Dresdner Neuste Nachrichten Online 10.11.2003.
Hamsun Society in Lom takes over
the Hamsun cottage.
Now it is official: Middle of october the Hamsun
Society in Lom took over the Hamsun stugu in Garmo (close
to Lom, middle Norway). This was celebrated with a
gathering in Garmo village hall, with invited guests and
congratulators, where also Ingar Sletten Kolloen read
from his new Hamsun biography. The hostess Torunn Kjøk
and chairperson of the Hamsun Society Per Eilif Nyrnæs
were happy to take up the big responsability to maintain
and run the Hamsun cottage. This initiative deserves
backing and support from the entire region and we wish
all the luck and succes.
Ingar Sletten Kolloens big Hamsun
biography "Svermeren" (The Dreamer): Finally it
A wonderful sensation to sit here with the book,
500 pages and illustrated. Yes, I was also in the centre
of things in Oslo on September 4th, what an experience it
was to see all the attention focussed on Kolloen and
I was very anxious to know what the critics would say,
but almost everybody gave superb reviews, here a couple
Dag Solstad in Dagsavisen: It
became a book that gave me better understanding in Knut
Hamsun, than I ever had before.
Yngvar Ustedt in VG: The book
is capital, sound and easily read. A hammer. Lots of new
things it brings too... But first of all it is an homage
to the poet himself. The authors story about Hamsuns life
is fascinatingly captivating and extremely worthy of
being read. It enlarges our knowledge of our great poets
life. Yes of every life, mostly perhaps - of the readers
own. It has not become the greatest Norwegian biography
ever. But it will be when the second and final volume is
published in 2004.
The biography has also been selected main title to be
published in Norway's 2 biggest book clubs: Nye Bøker
and Dagens Bøker.
Kolloen has had unique sources, among others the newly
discovered private archive of Knut and Marie Hamsun
containing material back to the 1890`ies.
The work on the biography started in 1999 and was
organized as a project with recognised Hamsun researchers
like Lars Frode Larsen and Harald Næss as well as the
psychiatrist Sigmund Karterud and the poets grandchild
Leif Hamsun co-working.
It is the vastest biography project launched in Norway.
The publishing house Gyldendal presented the project at
the international book fair in London this spring evoking
immense interest from publishers in a number of
countries. Yes, the Hamsun hype flourishes.
But one thing is what professional reviewers say,
something else what the ordinary reader says. Mails start
to arrive with words, feelings, attitudes and opinions on
Kolloens book. Here are some examples: Good reading,
interesting, written by a top fit Kolloen, difficult to
put aside, after this book I understand Hamsun a lot
better, it`s evident that Kolloen likes Hamsun, Hamsun
emerged as a living person. Some are a bit put off by all
the publicity but hope, that in the end it will have the
positive effect, that people read Hamsuns marvellous
The anticipation of the book was immense you may see from
the following report by Trond
Ødegården, that I bring with his permission:
The book was officially out
yesterday. Thursday, September 4th. 2003. Wednesday
before going to work - I started 2 pm all week - I went
to a shopping centre on the outskirts of Oslo. There was
also a bookseller and under the shelves, in piles on the
floor, was Ingar Sletten Kolloens "Svermeren".
I picked up a copy. I leafed through the pages. I read a
bit. And then I went to the check out and put it in front
of the shop assistant, who very firm told me that the
book was only on sale the next day. I felt how my jaw
muscles tightened and I felt from within how identities
changed and my name became Johan Nilsen Nagel, and I
said, with clenched teeth: I must have this book, and I
intend to pay for it. If you will not let me have it, I
will rush out of the shop with your book under my arm.
The shop assistant evidently saw some desperation in my
eyes, and he just shook his head while he tipped in the
price on his cask register! I left the shopping centre as
a happy man, smilingly I sat in my car amazed that my
clothes were grey and not yellow. I am halfway through
"Svermeren" now, and at all visits to the
bathroom I must recognise that I look sottish!
Hamsun poems published 51 years
after his death:
"En Fløjte lød i mit Blod" (A flute sounded
in my blood) is such an unusual thing as a new book by
"´Det vilde kor´ (a.o. Island off the coast) lacks
sweetness, yes too much everything else", regretted
Knut Hamsun his only collection of poems. He said to
friends: "I am not a lyric poet in verse". He
wrote to the poet Carl Dumreicher: "The only things
I have liked for years to write are poems. Dramas I
dislike, the verse is dearest to me".
The Hamsun researcher Lars Frode Larsen has collected and
edited some more or less lyric works by Knut Hamsun. In
the collection one finds poems never published before and
others that were known only in extracts. As a newspaper
wrote in its review "mostly curiosities but also
some trembling poems". One fells the proximity of
Hamsun when one holds the collection. A gem to a Hamsun
Ståle Dingstad: Hamsuns Strategier. Realisme,
humor og kynisme. 2003 Gyldendal. The book is based on
Dingstads dissertation at the university of Oslo.
Atle Skaftun: Knut Hamsuns dialogiske realisme. 2003
Unipub forlag. The book is a study of Børn av tiden,
Nabobyen as well as Paa gengrodde stier and is basically
identical to Skaftuns dissertation from Tromsø
June 14th 2003 a plaques was put up at the house
Theresesgade 49, where Hamsun lived from 1902-04 and
where his daughter Victoria was born. It is the first
official memorial in the Norwegian capital.
Knut Hamsuns books in northern Norway 1912 - 1959.
Nils Aagaard-Nilsen from Svolvær, had the
excellent idea to compile where and by whom Hamsuns books
were reviewed in northern Norway. A book that I deeply
recommend to all Hamsun lovers. The number printed is
only 300. The author concluded his book this way:
"What remains as an enigma: Why did Hamsuns 1890th.
literary works not get reviewed in northern Norwegian
media?" Certainly an enigma that the first review
found is from 1912, since there is so much northern
Norwegian nature in Hamsuns works before that time.
The book can be ordered directly by Nils Aagaard-Nilsen.
Besides, Nils Aagaard-Nilsen has already 1993 written an
excellent book "Knut Hamsun -fra norsk til nordnorsk
of Lars Frode Larsens big Hamsun biography has been
The scientist Lars Frode Larsen has now finished
the last part of his mammoth biography on Knut Hamsun.
This part deals with the period 1891-1893 and is called
"A foreigner in Life. Hamsun at his
breakthrough". Like in his first part "The
young Hamsun" and the second part "The
Radical" a lot of myths are disclosed but always
careful and well documented. If you love Hamsun these
books are a must. The critics of the first part "The
young Hamsun" concluded: "The waiting time
before next volume is available is hardly bearable".
Could it be said better!!!
New Hamsun biography.
Just one year after Ingar Sletten Kolloen published
the first volume of his Hamsun biography at the
publishing house Gyldendal, the publishers Aschehoug will
follow up with a literary biography. This literary
biography, which is going to come out in autumn, is
written by Jørgen Haugan, 62 , senior lecturer in
Norwegian at the University of Copenhagen. The working
title is: "Knut Hamsun. Modernist and nazi". It
will be a thorough work in 500 pages. (Stavanger
The next Hamsun
festival in Hamarøy is taking place 30 July - 8 August
2004. Again we are offered a cornucopia of
cultural events as art exhibitions, theatre, concerts,
recitals, markets, fairs... Hamarøy has again succeded
in attracting national and international artists. It will
be impossible to list the names here, one gets exhausted
just by reading the programme. A day to day programme can
be found at Hamsun-dagene 2004
The Hamsun Society literary seminar, centre
of gravity of the Hamsun festival is taking place 4.-6.
August as usual in the Hamarøy hall and is
titled "Hamsuns women". We can look forward to
a most exciting seminar with a theme of current interest
and renowned Norwegian and International Hamsun experts
starting with Ingar Sletten Kolloen over Robert Ferguson
to Gil de Carvalho from Portugal.
See the program and how to register: Literaryseminar2004
Ibsen & Hamsun
days 12 - 15 august 2004.
The two greatest Norwegian poet will get
their "dager" in Grimstad, southern Norway,
where recitations, lectures and theatre will focus on the
poets and their works. The programme can be found under
August 12th to 15 th. at http://www.grimstad.net/kulturkalender/
Organizers: Ibseniana and Hamsun-selskapet in Grimstad.
"That a dead poet lives today can be seen
not only from the fact, that he is read but also, that he
like before or maybe more than ever, is the subject of
literary scientific research" is to be found in the
foreword to the newly published book on the newest in
German Hamsun research containing articles by Heiko
Uecker, Walter Baumgartner, Thomas Fecher-Smarsly, Erik
Bjerk Hagen, Birgitta Holm, Benedikt Jager, Jørgen
Lorentzen and Tone Selboe. (Heiko Uecker (Hrsg.): Neues
zu Knut Hamsun, Lang, Frankfurt am Main, 2002 - Texte und
Untersuchungen zur Germanistik und Skandinavistik;
presented during the Hamsun Festival in Hamarøy:
Christian Schlüter and Sigmund Karterud (psychologist
and psychiatrist) have written a monograph titled
"Selvets mysterier" (Pax Forlag, Oslo 2002).
After an introduction on Hamsuns modernism and
definitions of central psychological ideas they analyse
Nagel from Mysteries using modern psychological theories.
Øystein Rottems newest book "Hamsun og fantasiens
triumf" (Gyldendal Norsk Forlag, Oslo 2002) contains
a series of previously published but now edited articles
on Hamsuns authorship in philosophical context as well as
Hamsuns reactions to modern social development documented
through analysis of several of Hamsuns works.
Finally Gyldendal published especially for the Hamsun
Festival 2002 a selection of Hamsuns short stories under
the title "Sanger til klart veir".
for the Hamsun Festival in Hamarøy.
publishing in Germany.
Latest news at the booksellers on Hamsun here in
Germany is a small book by Wilhelm Friese. "Knut
Hamsun und Halldor Kiljan Laxness, Anmerkungen zu Werken
und Wirkung" (Knut Hamsun and Halldor Kiljan
Laxness, Notes on works and effect) published in 2002.
With joy in my heart it was incorporated in my
A plaque to commemorate Knut Hamsun was placed
on the main square in Harstad in June 2002. Though the
original house is no longer there, one may read on the
new building: "Here lived Knut Hamsun during his
work on the novel "Segelfoss Town" in
1915". A noble memory to the great poet. And where
may one find other Hamsuns plaques? In Paris where he
1884-85 started to work on Pan, in Tbilisi where he
stayed during his grand voyage 1899 that later resulted
in the book "I Æventyrland" (In Fairyland) and
in Lillesand where Hamsun came in 1890 and where he got
the idea to the novel "Mysteries".
The newspaper Nordlys wrote 27.02.02 that students at
Tromsø University had established a Hamsun group called
Vagrants with the aim to create an unofficial social and
literary meeting point for people interested in Hamsun.
Already before the first meeting the first milestone was
envisaged: To rename Tromsø Airport into Knut Hamsun
Airport. The students did however add, that the idea was
not totally seriously meant, rather a comment on former
debates on busts and renaming of streets. Hamsun always
writes with an ironic touch, so do the students. Hamsun
is also young and refreshing to read. The young people
stress, that they are no rivals to the Hamsun Society or
others. Their work is unceremonious. Rather refreshing to
read about such initiatives!
February 19th 2002 a "1940" style
mailbox was inaugurated on the wall of Grefstads
jernvarehandel. Chairman of the local Hamsun Society in
Grimstad Ola Veigaard mailed a postcard to Knut Hamsuns
grandchild Viktoria Hamsun at Nørholm. Furthermore a
trail was opened from the hospital to the mailbox, the
route Hamsun followed during his internment and described
in On Overgrown Paths.
February 19th 2002 a plaque was disclosed at
St.Hansgade 18 in Copenhagen. In one of the top floor
rooms sat in 1888 a young, fairly unknown poet named Knut
Hamsun and wrote parts of a novel called Hunger.
What you may read in newspapers!!! 22.50.
"Pan". Danish drama from 1995. Acting: Lasse
Kolrud, Sofie Gråbøll and Anneke von der Lippe. Directed
by Knut Hamsun.
Hamarøy videregående skole will change its name to
Knut Hamsun videregående skole Joarkkaskåvllå on April
11th.2002. Good news.
Grimstad is planning a Hamsun museum in the
former court room where Hamsun was convicted. It is now
integrated in Grimstad library.
In Oslo a Hamsun House is being considered.
Hamarøy is progressing with its Hamsun centre, exciting
when it will be finished.
years all is forgotten?
So wrote Hamsun with a twinkle in the eye, he
surely knew this would not be the case. Now again we have
the debates on placing of busts and naming of streets
Hamsun remains a topic of interest in Germany.
The well reputed weekly magazine Der Spiegel had a
feature on philosophers and authors relations with
politics and their particular responsibilities towards
honesty and against opportunism. Among others Hamsun,
Ezra Pound and Heidegger are analysed. An essential
question today, where our society's moral is determined
by commercial interests only. A philosophy (created by
philosophers and authors) which objectively can
distinguish between good and evil is called for.
(Der Spiegel 29/2001)
Knut Hamsun is forgotten as playwright,
according to Oddbjørn Johannessen, amanuensis at
Institute for Nordic and Mediastudies at Høgskolen i
Agder. He therefore intends to conduct a research project
on Hamsuns plays and will try to find out why the plays
are overlooked today.
questions on Hamsun?
Director of the Hamsun Society is Helga Wiik in Hamarøy Kommune, Norway; so if you
have questions on the Hamsun Society do not hesitate to
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