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Tales of Love & Loss

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  190 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
These 20 short stories are fascinating companions to Hamsun’s classic novelsandcontain echoes of the greater works he would laterwrite and for which he was ultimatelyawarded the Nobel Prize. Alive with humor, melancholy, tenderness, and lawlessness, as well as sparkling with psychological insights, these stories have never been published in the United States until now. ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Souvenir Press (first published January 1st 2007)
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Dec 04, 2012 s.penkevich rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Hamsun
Early in his career, Nobel laureate Knut Hamsun (1859-1952) briefly experimented with the short story, releasing three short volumes before abandoning the venue entirely Hamsun never put a whole lot of stock into his short story writing, although it is quite good, and claims the third collection had merely been written as a gift to his second wife. While lacking the full impact of works such as Hunger or Mysteries, Tales of Love & Loss, made up of 20 stories pooled from his three short story ...more
Gertrude & Victoria
Tales of Love & Loss is an intriguing collection of short stories by the Father of European Modernism. These stories reflect the vast range of human emotions and predicaments, which Knut Hamsun so deftly and humorously styles.

There is something telling about Hamsun's stories: the irrational thoughts, decisions and actions of man are perplexing, yet these qualities are constituent in all men. The main characters are often loners, in one manner or another, who display puzzling behavior. Hamsu
May 29, 2016 Peter rated it really liked it
Shelves: scandinavian
Intriguing collection of stories from early in Hamsun's career, before he devoted himself completely to novels. The stories repeatedly echo his great early novels (Hunger, Pan, Mysteries) and show him experimenting with various styles. Some of the stories even feel like sketches for much longer works. This book is a must for Hamsun fans - read the novels first, but then definitely check this one out.
Katia Piza
Aug 13, 2008 Katia Piza rated it really liked it
A collection of Hamsun's short stories from when he was a "El" Oporator in Chicago, to lectures from his homeland. Will make even the most hurt heart believe in love.
again, wierd, somewhat off short stories. surprise unhappy endings in freeze frame, in between Victorian themes and existential crises
Jimmy Jazz
Mar 21, 2013 Jimmy Jazz rated it it was ok
I couldn't read Hamsun's early stories without keeping an eye open for the seeds of reaction that saw him give his Nobel prize to Goebbels and praise Hitler as a warrior. If you look, you''ll probably find. I liked some of the stories. And I could see what John Fante, who I like reading, got from Hamsun. But the whiff of Fascism kept rising-- a Nazi Bingo drinking game -- a character gives a gift to his foreman, on a migrant worker gang; are you kidding me? He seems to believe in property and us ...more
Paul Lizarraga
Mar 25, 2016 Paul Lizarraga rated it it was amazing
A very fine read.
Feb 28, 2013 James rated it it was amazing
A fascinating glimpse into Hamsun's early short story style, which establishes many of the themes (alienation, intense introspection, an almost-pagan reverence for nature) that would later come to dominate such classics as Hunger, Pan and Mysteries. Unfortunately, the short story is a form Hamsun largely abandoned after he cemented his reputation as a novelist--had he continued to refine his style, I feel he may now be mentioned in the same sentence as Hemingway. A big what-if.
May 27, 2008 Adam rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone who didn't read Oprah's pick last month
Shelves: scandinavian, cads
Having read a fair amount of Hamsun, I've settled on 3 must-reads: the novels Pan and Hunger, but also the short fiction. For my money, Hamsun's stories are every bit as powerful as Kafka's, and yet they're more consistent and psychologically satisfying. And the misanthropes who people these stories... well, they're of the late-night, dark-alley variety we'd all much rather read about than meet face to face.
Devin White
Jun 11, 2014 Devin White rated it it was amazing
A fantastic set of short stories from Hamsun. I am always impressed with his writing. Before this I have only read his novels but I will definitely be picking up his second set of these. I have and will continue to highly recommend Hamsun.
Dec 16, 2010 Vogisland rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
It was fun to read about the vast Minnesota farms where Hamsun worked as a laborer, and Chicago's long-extinct Halstad line.
Yoni Markman
May 19, 2010 Yoni Markman rated it really liked it
The title is mostly for marketing purposes and not representative of many of the stories.
Rebecca Liss
Feb 19, 2008 Rebecca Liss rated it it was amazing
Nice snippets into his writing. Pieces that are fragments of his larger contributions
Jan 21, 2008 Eric rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mind your own business
Far-out collection of short stories. Powerful stuff, here.
Vittoria Årud
Feb 28, 2016 Vittoria Årud rated it it was amazing
Knut is brilliant in every sense of the word.
Tiah Keever
Apr 26, 2009 Tiah Keever rated it really liked it
Very good stuff here by Hamsun.
Oct 14, 2009 SheaN rated it really liked it
These are fantastic stories.
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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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