Knut Hamsun, 1859-1952
Knut Hamsun was a leading Norwegian author, born in Lom under the name of Knut Pedersen.
He first received acclaim for his 1890 novel Sult, translated as Hunger. The work, which is semi-autobiographical, described a young writer's descent into near madness as a result of hunger and poverty. In many ways, the novel presages the writings of Franz Kafka and other twentieth-century novelists, who explored the madness of the contemporary human condition.
Other important works by Hamsun include Pan  and The Growth of the Soil , for which he received the Nobel Prize in literature in 1920.
See also . . .
- Hunger (Sult) 
- Shallow Soil (Ny jord) 
- Pan 
- Under the Autumn Star (Under høststæjrnen) 
- A Wanderer plays on muted strings (En vandrer spiller med sordin) 
- Look Back on Happiness (Den Siste Glæde) / translated by Paula Wiking 
- The Growth of the Soil (Markens grøde) 
- The Road Leads On (Men livet lever)