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Under the Autumn Star

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  611 ratings  ·  35 reviews
In Under the Autumn Star, Nobel prize-winning author Knut Hamsun writes a novel magically permeated with the air and light of fall. The narrator, Knut Pedersen (Hamsun's real name) first joins forces with Grindhusen, a man blessed with the faith that "something will turn up," and later with Lars Falkenberg, whose dubious talents include the tuning of pianos. Knut and Lars ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published August 1st 1998 by Sun & Moon Press (first published 1906)
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Nevrasteni. Nevrasteni. Nevrasteni.
Knut Hamsun edebiyatına ve karakerlerine sinmiş hissin güzel bir tasviri; nevrasteni. Bunu kitapta da sık sık tekrarlıyor kitabın karakteri olan Knut kendisi için. Knut Hamsun'un bu nevrasteniyi anlatırken okuru da nevrasteniye kaptıracak derecede başarılı olduğu açık. Özellikle Açlık'da çok belirgindi bu hal, Sonbahar Yıldızlar Altnda'nın nevrastenisi daha yumuşak, daha kontrollü ve daha az çoskulu. O yüzden Açlık'ı okurken olduğu gibi yormadı beni.
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La vita come bolla
Sebbene vituperata dalla maggior parte dei lettori, questa è un'opera paradigmatica, che a latere rientra a pieno titolo nel genere consigliato dagli "psi" (psicologi e/o psichiatri, fate voi) ad amici delusi o pazienti in via di guarigione.
Voluta e autobiografica cattedrale del fascinoso mito del viandante, mostra con toni di grande poesia la fallacia del perenne itinerare. Paradossalmente più si mostra il sublime dell'incessante fantasticare del protagonista, il suo bambino s
May 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
”My dear sir, I said to myself, weren’t you the one who was going to seek out the quiet life and healthy people, and regain your peace of mind?”
Knut Pedersen is a middle-aged man from the city who, after some misfortune, probably at the hand of a woman, retreats into the countryside. He wanders from place to place, accepts whatever job happens to be on offer at the local farms, meets a variety of people, sticks with some while leaving others behind, wandering, wandering, wandering, only to e
Andrés Cabrera
No es de lo mejor que he leído de Knut Hamsun, pero ciertamente permite vislumbrar algunas de las características más loables de la prosa del escritor noruego. Tras el relato de Knut Pedersen (alterego del noruego en su vida de vagabundo errante y miserable), se esconde el genio de alguien que ha decidido esquivar la vida para enfrentarse de lleno a sí mismo: a lo que resta por hacer y pensar. ¿Cuánto puede vivir un hombre a la deriva? ¿En qué momento las olas dejan de ser esquivas y golpean la ...more
Roman Helinski
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hamsun schrijft onnavolgbaar goed, ook hier weer.
May 03, 2014 rated it liked it
I expect if someone has read anything by Hamsun it will’ve been Hunger and I did indeed read it back in my twenties. But what to tackle next? I’d always thought of Hunger as a bit of a one hit wonder. Whether that’s doing the author an injustice or not I do not know but when I chanced upon a copy of Under the Autumn Star I picked it up without knowing anything about it other than it was written by Hamsun. Of course after thirty-odd years I can’t remember much about Hunger other than I enjoyed it ...more
Sep 20, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: norsk
Weer een roman gelezen van Knut Hamsun. In ‘Onder de herfstster’ ontvlucht de hoofdpersoon, Knut Pedersen, de stad, aan de verlokkingen van wiens etablissementen hij slecht weerstand kan bieden, en gaat naar het noorden van Noorwegen. Zo opent de roman:

‘Gisteren lag de zee erbij als een spiegel zo glad en zo glad als een spiegel is zij vandaag. Het is nu Indian Summer en het is warm op het eiland - o, die heerlijke milde warmte! - en toch is er geen zon.
Het is jaren geleden dat ik me zo vredig h
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, norway, scandinavia
Episodic novel which is really just a series of (autobiographical?) vignettes about an itinerant laborer wandering from place to place. Each section ends in a "punch line" that I found dry and funny in an understated way (which also elevated it above a typical dull fin a siecle era novel. Like most of Hamsuns work, this one felt way more modern than 1907). The protagonist is also similar to his great work Hunger: this one is also pitiful and long suffering and broke and not so great with the lad ...more
Med Ghanfari
le narrateur de Sous l'étoile d'automne est un "vagabond par essence", un héros romantique et solitaire, troublé par le doux passage d'une jeune fille et toujours en quête de sérénité.
De ferme en ferme, nomade mélancolique, il sait tous des saisons, de l'arrivée lente de l'hiver, du vol bruissant des oies sauvages, du crissement de la gelée blanche sous les pas. La nature le rassure et le sauve.
Einar Sivertsen
Interessant, men overraskende lite underholdende.
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Tutto non è che fastidio e follia e insensatezza, ovunque volgi lo sguardo".

Sotto una stella d'autunno è un libro ad "anello", e con questo termine voglio indicare che, in fondo, tutto torna da dov'era iniziato, o, in questo caso, nel luogo da cui si tenta di fuggire.
Lo scrittore, Knut Hamsun, crea un proprio alterego in questo romanzo: il protagonista cerca di scappare dalla città per ritrovare se stesso - e forse la pace - in campagna, provando a vivere con ritmi più tranquilli, a instaurare
Aug 31, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
Non è proprio il mio genere di romanzo.
L'alter ego di Hamsun, Knut come lui, vaga nella campagna norvegese alla ricerca di...
Se non avessi letto l'introduzione (dopo il romanzo, rigorosamente!) non l'avrei capito perché Hamsun non lo esplicita mai. È chiaro che il vagabondo è un giovane di buona famiglia, ma cosa cerca? Il contatto con la natura? Quello con i "villici"? L'amore?
Però lui è un nevrastenico (così si definisce) e sul più bello si (view spoiler)
May 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 20, classic
Having had a falling-out, Knut decides to leave the city and roam the countryside as some mental rehab therapy. He takes on odd jobs and has a few affairs. His interactions with all different types of people make an interesting and engaging story.
Alejandro Orradre
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reseña in progress...
Carlo  Brigante
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Le traía unas ganas a este escritor y no me ha decepcionado para nada.
Suraj Alva
Jan 11, 2019 rated it liked it
His 'Mysteries' and "Hunger' kept me up reading late into the night. This felt dull, starved. I've read somewhere that this may be considered as a warm-up exercise for his later works, it seems very much so.

One thing that his writing seems to do with me is instill a romance both for nature and woman. And I could feel myself getting there, but no cigar.

The good news is, it's incredibly short--and an easy read.
Axel Ainglish
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the first part of the three books forming the well known "Vagabond Trilogy". Is definitely one of the nicest novels biography ever read. There is such a wild beauty not only in the landscapes he and his pal are rambling through but in his "philosophy of life", his way of being and living, that it becomes difficult to understand the writer other's side. Almost before reading it, but then after, went into it much more years after. And believe me, still not understanding well why did Hamsun ...more
Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: classics
"God's blessing on the old days, when something could be rare!"

Since I read Hunger, I fell in love with Hamsun's writing. Unfortunately, though, Under the Autumn Star wasn't my cup of tea.

First of all, for a book with a first person narrator I found it odd that we learn so little about Pedersen. He talks little about the past or even what’s driven him out from the city. All he says is, “I was really a man of good family, led astray by desperation over an unhappy love affair, and now taking t
Mar 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Under the Autumn Star is a short novel about an 44-year-old urbane man's mysterious retreat into nature to escape the city for unspecified reasons. We can guess he couldn't control his desires and apparently had "women problems" there. He wanders the Norwegian coastline, forests, and islands deliberately dressed-down and choosing hard labor to obscure his origins. But his escape to the rural countryside does nothing to constrain his urges: he hooks up with many women, both young and old, at almo ...more
Dec 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Solo el nombre ya te engancha, pero si le das una oportunidad al resto del relato, te quedarás prendado de él.

No es un libro para nada complicado de leer, son las aventuras y desventuras de un personaje un tanto peculiar que se gana la vida haciendo todo tipo de trabajos manuales en las regiones nórdicas.

Para mi, lo que me sorprende de este libro, no es su historia, ya que, teniendo en cuenta de que no se trata de una novela al uso con su principio, su cuerpo y su des
Oct 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Knut Hamsun ile tanışıklığım taa imam hatip lisesinde ki ergen yıllarımda okuduğum "Açlık" kitabının üzerinde bıraktığı eşsiz tesir ile başlamıştır.
Uzun yıllar sonra önce "Victoria" ardından "Dünya Nimetleri" ile devam eden bağımız "Sonbahar Yıldızları altında" ile devam etmekte.

Artık genç olmayan ihtiyarlığa ise henüz girmemiş biraz geçkince bir insanın göçebe hayat öyküsü diyebiliriz.
Yazarın kendi hayat öyküsündeki gibi inzivai ve doğada yaşama peşinde koşturmaca ile geçen içine umutsuz bir aş
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Like reading a dream...

If you require a strong, fast-moving plot, this one isn't for you. It's a very personal novel, one where you inhabit the narrator's mind so intimately that, if it weren't for the wide open spaces which are described to us so often (and so beautifully), you might be prone to attacks of claustrophobia. We see the world through the eyes of an aging, sensitive, and melancholic--or to use his word, neurasthenic--city-dweller determined to reintroduce himself to the wild, so to
Czarny Pies
Cette petite nouvelle qui raconte les vagabondages dans la norvege rurale au debut du vingtième siècle d'un protagoniste qui est vraisemblablement l'alter ego de l'auteer m'a passablement décu. Elle a bien commence sur un ton doux et bucolique. Le protagoniste passe d'un emploi à l'autre. Dans son parcours il rencontre des gens sympathique et les joies de la champagne. Hélas, notre protagoniste oublie sa place. Il tombe amoureux de la femme d'un de ses employeurs et prend trop de temps avant se ...more
Jonathan Widell
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Dull but true. Boring but penetrating. Which is the right question: Why is this middle-aged man wandering or why has he no reason to settle down? We know he is searching for meaning for his life in his infatuation which he suspects all along will not lead anywhere but which in the end will take him back to where he came from. Possibly that was where he wanted to be in the first place and just needed an excuse to return. Bottomline: we don't know. What would usually be a forgotten episode in one' ...more
Krishna Avendaño
May 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Algunos apuntes:

-Pocos se detienen a pensar en la genialidad del sentido del humor de Knut Hamsun (Nobel 1920). Sí, hay mucho arrobamiento por la naturaleza, un desdén romántico a la ciudad, una sublimación de la soledad y el campo, pero también hay un cuaretón persiguiendo adolescentes y acosando a señoras casadas y mal atendidas.
-Es una buena novela de Hamsun, pero no es una gran novela de Hamsun.
-La traducción de siglo xxi es horrenda, como en castellano de 1830 para una novela moderna de 190
Jan 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: scandinavian
Meandering, sometimes comic novel that goes pretty much nowhere until the last 15 pages, and even then the conclusion seems inconsequential. Yes, the narrator of Hunger (my favorite novel) was also a wanderer, but at least he was working towards something (survival and literary ambitions - not necessarily in that order) and had purpose. That's not the case with this book.
Jan 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Similarly dream-like as was the "hunger", but not as painfully delirious. Knud pedersen is a middle aged guy who has given up his duties in the city in exchange for nomadic country life.

He teams up with another fellow, Falkenberg. Both falling in love with the mistress of a house they have gone working..

And this of course causes all kinds of chest pains for the main protagonists.
Ventsislav Kostadinov
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
've been reading that on my computer for 5 long hours all consumed. I so liked his style of writing and plot-creating technique that I didn't know when I reached the very end of the book. Fascinating story and definitely a simply original way of representing love confusion and life settlement which is exactly uncanny. Bravo!! Wonderful author with a clear vision of writing!!!
Mar 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
Fourth favorite...
Alex V.
Couldn't get into it. The spirit is willing for brooding Scandinavian psycho-minings from the pen of a genius with unconscionable politics, but the flesh is weak.
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Knut Hamsun was 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. ...more

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