Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Just a quick post to say how much I'm enjoying Growth of the Soil, by the Norwegian novelist Knut Hamsun, whom I had hitherto known nothing of. It won him the Novel Prize. It reminds me a bit of Halldor Laxness, though it's less whimsical. I haven't finished it yet, but I can see how Hamsun's interest in land, authenticity and belonging might be related to his far-right sympathies. But mainly it's just a moving and sympathetic story.