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On Overgrown Paths was written after World War II, at a time when Hamsun was in police custody for his openly expressed Nazi sympathies during the German occupation of Norway, 1940-45. A Nobel laureate deeply beloved by his countrymen, Hamsun was now reviled as a traitor—as long as his sanity was not called into question. On Overgrown Paths is Hamsun's apologia.

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Paperback, 250 pages
Published July 1st 1999 by Green Integer (first published 1949)
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The book Knut Hamsun wrote while (mostly) confined in mental institutions awaiting his trial for treason after World War II. It is a sorrowful document to read, On Overgrown Paths, although it does show Hamsun had full command of his mental faculties -- the matter supposedly at question. Some classic Hamsun romanticism appears; but more of his fatalism and the painful ponderings of a very elderly man whose life has taken such an abruptly humiliating and dehumanizing turn.

This book is for those
Probably not the best Knut Hamsun's book to start with, but nonetheless, it's terrific piece of autobiographical prose that gives an insight into Hamsun's late years. One might think Hamsun was demented old man (considering his collaboration with Nazis and fact that he sent his Nobel medal to Goebbels out of gratitude for all the 'good' he's done in Europe), but this book shows he was lucid and very much self aware.
This book is sort of an atonement for all the praise and approval he gave to Naz
Hamsunovi memoari, njegovo poslednje delo napisano na osnovu dnevnika i beleški pisanih u periodu 1945 - 1949 za vreme zatvoreništva ( uslovno rečeno). Hamsun je 1945 uhapšen te je 4 sledeće godine razrešenje svog sudskog procesa čekao , prvo u bolnici, te staračkom domu pod budnim okom policije a potom i ,sasvim nerazumno - u duševnoj bolnici. Već tada imao je blizu 90 godina i bio je maltene gluv te slabog vida.
Apsolutno must read štivo za Hamsunove verne fanove i one zainteresovane za njegov
This feels like an odd place to start with Knut Hamsum, but somehow I ended up with it from a used book shopping trip from years back when I picked up a stack of Green Integer Press books that someone had just dropped off, and it was only in the last month that I re-visited them and came across this. I've been looking for Growth of the Soil (used) for a while now, and only in the last week finally found a copy of Hunger, but I decided to go ahead and give this a shot.

It's quite good, but frustra
I learned from this insightful autobiography that history has no winners, that is only muddled; man can rewrite history anyway he desires in order to demonize his fellow man. This book is a masterpiece of memories, failures, and reconciliation. I love this writer!
Øystein Bjaanes
A different beast than the other Hamsun novels I've read.

This one is introspective, personal and .. contemplative?

Hamsun was (and is) considered the premier Norwegian novelist of the last century, and his support for the nazi regime felt, it seems, much like a betrayal. The easy solution, at least to the government, was to declare him old and dotty.

Hamsun, other faults aside, didn't care much for that, and with this book showed that opinions on politics aside, he certainly wasn't dotty.

It's a
Philippe Billé
On m’a prêté le livre de Knut Hamsun (1859-1952), Sur les sentiers où l’herbe repousse, une de ses rares œuvres de non-fiction (Calmann-Lévy, 1981). A peine deux cents pages, imprimées gros, je me suis laissé tenter et j’ai lu sans ennui, par pincées de quelques feuilles chaque fois que je pouvais m’asseoir dans le tram, ce n’est pas tous les jours, cette chronique des trois années d’après-guerre pendant lesquelles l’écrivain norvégien, presque octogénaire, fait l’objet de poursuites pour n’avoi ...more
Väga huvitav oli tutvuda senitundmatu inimliigi siseeluga: kurt vanamees. Tuleb välja, et neil on nalja ja mõtteid kui palju, isegi kui kiuslikud inimesed nad 85-aastaselt pärast sõda vanadekodusse vangi panevad.
Silvija Sibillla Jaunušāne
Lai gan šis nav labākais Hamsuna darbs, taču tas viennozīmīgi atklāj autora dzīves gadus, sniedz par viņa pagātni skaidtu ieskatu,sajūtas un viņa redzējumu. Viņa vārdu krājums liecina par slepeni ģeniālo domāšanu, taču viņš to slēpj. Slēpj savus dārgumus kā pirāti.
Josh Mings
Definitely a book to read after going through a few of Hamsun's books from each of his phases, as it combines both as well as an autobiography. You get a real sense of proud sorrow, and pride in his country. A great read.
Ida Aasebøstøl
-Gud velsigne alt som ikke er menneskelig tale som vi skal sitte her og forstå.
Femte gjennomlesning.
Some people have written that this is not the best place to start with Hamsun. That seems sensible -as it is his last book- but it is an excellent memoir and is very similar in style to his early novels.
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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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“Året er 1945. Den 26. mai kom politimesteren i Arendal til Nørholm og forkynte husarrest for min kone og meg for 30 dager. Jeg ble ikke varslet. Min kone utleverte ham på forlangende mine skytevåpen. Jeg måtte da skrive til politimesteren efterpå at jeg også hadde to store pistoler fra siste olympiaden i Paris, han kunne hente dem når han syntes. Samtidig skrev jeg at husarresten vel ikke var bokstavelig å forstå, jeg hadde jo jordbruk vidt omkring fra gården, og det trengte tilsyn. Efter noen tid kom lensmannsbetjenten i Eide og hentet de to pistoler.” 0 likes
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