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The Ring is Closed

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orig. Ringen sluttet
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Published (first published 1936)
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Gertrude & Victoria
Another incredible book by the Father of Modernism! And completely in keeping with his German forebears.

Every time I read Hamsun I feel like I'm party to a group of adventurers in search for an abandoned ship forgotten long ago somewhere in the vastness of this world. When we finally chance upon the ship and get on board we discover a chest hidden down below. After sifting through its precious unearthly contents we revel, almost greedily, knowing that we've become slightly wiser if not better pe
Terrific! I refuse to believe Hamsun was sympathetic of Nazism -- The Ring is Closed is profoundly humanist. In addition, it is a literary masterpiece, as far as its formal structure is concerned: no morals, no conclusions, no definitive statements. The text weaves a human, in all their anonymity and loneliness; both exalted by grandeur and crushed by routine.
Nobel Prize-winner Knut Hamsun published this last work of his fiction at age 76, though he lived on to be 92. It is a touching book by one of the great masters, a novelist seldom read today, but one who has been praised lavishly by such a range of writers as Thomas Mann, H.G. Wells, Isaac Singer, Arthur Koestler and Henry Miller. (I lifted that fact from Wikipedia, though I have seen firsthand some of Singer's comments.) The 1936 translation by Gay-Tifft that I read was 322 pages and the first ...more
Ovo je prva Hamsunova knjiga koju sam pročitao ali mi je stil bio poznat jer sam ranije čitao Bukovskog koji je jedan od njegovih nastavljača.

Glavni junak, Abel Brodersen, čovek je za kojeg se čini da nije stvarno deo malograđanske i incestuozne sredine u kojoj je odrastao, on ne deli sisteme vrednosti svojih zemljaka, ne želi da po svaku cenu postane nešto niti je opterećen klasnom svešću ili materijalnim preokupacijama. Tu egzistencijalnu prazninu on međutim ne popunjava ničim osim pukim živo
Greg Brozeit
Just a beautiful novel that highlights all of Hamsun's strengths and revisits many of the familiar themes of earlier works. It is remarkable that Hamsun left the field of fiction writing after The Ring is Closed. He was as creative as ever.

For those with a little knowledge of Hamusun, the familiarities we find include an enigmatic, loner of a protagonist, unrealized and unrequited love, a vague hint of a violent act, and the quirkiness of small town, rural, early 20th century Norwegian societal
Josh Mings
The Ring is Closed has elements of three of Hamsun's greatest works (Pan, Mysteries, and Hunger). While I enjoyed the book immensely and it in a way serves as a link between Hamsun's early work and The Growth of the Soil - I found it to be missing just a little something to push it to one of my all-time favorite books.
Knjiga ima divnu poentu, ali je pomalo dosadna, ne zaokuplja čitaoca.
"Le cercle s'est fermé" - French traduction by Régis Boyer
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Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1920 "for his monumental work, Growth of the Soil." He insisted that the intricacies of the human mind ought to be the main object of modern literature, to describe the "whisper of the blood, and the pleading of the bone marrow". Hamsun pursued his literary program, debuting in 1890 with the psychological novel Hunger.
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