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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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Lee Klein
Nov 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Acquired and read because Knausgaard called it Knut’s masterpiece in his Munch book. If better than what I consider Knut’s masterpiece (The Growth of the Soil) I was in for a treat. Karl Ove surely read it in the original Norwegian and while the translation seems fine, reads well etc, and conveys that familiar Hamsun spirit, I didn’t find this particularly engaging. There seemed to be too many stretches that went on too long, little scenes from his past, illustrating some point maybe about the ...more
Emilio Berra
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: letto
In attesa della sentenza
Per i critici si tratta di un capolavoro. Personalmente lo considero 'soltanto' un buon libro, valutazione comunque nettamente positiva.

Si tratta di un'opera biografica scritta dal norvegese K. Hamsun (Nobel 1920) durante l'estrema vecchiaia, nel secondo dopoguerra, in attesa della conclusione del processo per l'appoggio dato al nazismo.
(Segnalo che lo scrittore Enquist ha pubblicato un bellissimo e rigoroso romanzo biografico su tali vicissitudini in "Processo a
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Danilo
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Neverovatno koliko je čovek jasno razmišljao i uviđao stvari sa svojih skoro 90 godina.
Iako deluje kroz zapise da se ne kaje zbog svojih postupaka tokom Drugog svetskog rata, na momente se oseća da ipak pokušava da se opravda. Da li je uspeo da se opravda naciji i čitaocima, nije ni bitno, bitan je uvid u način na koji je Hamsun razmišljao u godinama u zatočeništvu.
Zbog toga, ova knjiga možda nije za one koji bi da se upoznaju sa Hamsunovim delima, ili prosto, da pročitaju dobar roman.
Michael Canoeist
Jan 11, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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Eddie Watkins
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hamsun proudly proving he could still be Hamsun - following the drift of his mind from current events to childhood memories to an encounter with a barefoot wanderer to being reinvigorated by feminine beauty with humor, concision, and wide-openness - even though he was in his 80's and mostly deaf, going blind, and incarcerated (in a hospital and an old folks' home) for working too closely with the Nazis. There is an inspiring simplicity to the way as an old man he finds ways to tap back into ...more
Ronald Morton
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
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Ruzica
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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Amorfna
Jan 23, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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Katarina Besirevic
This book was Hamsun's first novel that I have read, and it left me with an impression that it was maybe an odd one to start with. However, the awareness of the fact that the author was in the ninth decade of his life when he wrote these memoirs got me more curious about his previous works.
Maurizio Manco
"Ho ricevuto dal cielo tanti doni benedetti, ma li ho rovinati e fatti a pezzi a forza di ragionare. Mi basta toccarlo con la punta delle dita, e il polline cade dal fiore." (p. 114)

"Siamo tutti in viaggio verso un paese che di sicuro raggiungeremo. Fretta non ne abbiamo, e ci fermiamo a raccogliere le casualità che ci capita di trovare per la strada. Solo gli stolti ridono in faccia al cielo e battezzano quelle casualità con nomi altisonanti. Sono più resistenti di noi, e non possiamo evitarli.
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Boris
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ovo je zadnja knjiga koju je Hamsun napisao i to u devedesetoj. Riječ je o autobiografiji u kojoj Hamsun opisuje godine nakon rata 45-e. kada se nalazi usred sudskog procesa gdje mu se sudi zbog nacističkih djelovanja, odnosno podupiranja nacizma kao političke ideje. Iako je riječ o autobiografiji i ispovijednom tekstu, nevjerojatno je koliko Hamsun dobro piše, a i lucidno (ima 90 ej !), a s druge strane nevjerojatno je koliko je loš / naivan političar. U knjizi koja je prevedena "Po zaraslim ...more
Kevin
Aug 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nordic-fiction
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!
Mindaugas
Gyvenimo saulėlydyje norvegų klasikas Knut Hamsun palaikė nacių režimą ir po WWII Norvegijoje buvo viešai pasmerktas bei nuteistas. Autobiografinė knyga, kurioje rašytojas aprašo pokarinės visuomenės panieką jam, apgailestauja dėl padarytų klaidų. Tai paskutinė K. Hamsun knyga.
Adriana
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Empecé este libro porque tenía ganas de leer algo exótico de mi categoría "resto del mundo" y sin buscar mucho me quedé con este por su lindo título. El libro es autobiográfico. A Hamsun, siendo un viejito pero también un premio Nobel, lo procesan por haber colaborado con los nazis durante la ocupación de Noruega. El juicio se va atrasando por años y mientras tanto a él lo van pasando por distintas instituciones: hospital, psiquiátrico, geriátrico, etc, lo cual lo frustra mucho, sobre todo ...more
Kris
Sep 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hamsun během válek sympatizoval s Německem. Setkal se s Hitlerem a byl souzen za kolaboraci. K tomu vás postaví tahle krátká kniha - budete se muset rozhodnout zda chcete vůbec číst dílo o starci a jeho minulosti, jeho svědomí, jeho aroganci, jeho vině, anebo nevině, protože rozsudek záleží jen na vás. Jednal pod svou chybnou filosofií? Protože neměl dostatek informací? Protože měl špatnou ješitnou osobnost? Protože miloval své přátele a Norsko? Je to na vás...

Ale nejsou to jen zápisky starého
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Mark
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: norsk
'God zegent alles, niet alleen maar het gewone gebabbel van de mensen dat we begrijpen. God zegent ook het zwijgen.'
Een citaat uit Hamsun laatste boek, 'Langs overwoekerde paden'. Hamsun is bijna 85 als het boek begint, in feite een autobiografisch relaas over zijn laatste jaren, nadat hij was gearresteerd vanwege zijn onverholen sympathie voor Hitler en zijn nazi-Duitsland. Al schrijft Hamsun zelf: '...ik schrijf geen biografie. Ik schrijf wat toevallige gebeurtenissen op, zo maar wat
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Toto
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
If anyone ever wonders where Knausgaard, another very famous Norwegian who writes about "trifles" of life, has inherited his voice, look no further than Hamsun. This book here is ur Hamsun, who is indefatigable, singular, and obsessive about quotidian realities rather than abstract theories and literary posturing. It is not until page 140 of a slim book that we get to the basis of his detainment, which is that he is being charged with war time treason and now has to prove diminished mental ...more
David Svinth
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hamsuns sidste udgivelse.
Skrevet 60 år efter gennembrudsromanen "Sult".

Hamsuns sidste leveår var turbulente. Efter en stor fascination af nazismen blev han dømt som landsforrædder i sit hjemland. Han blev erklæret sindssyg og dement og fik frataget sine frihedsrettigheder. "Paa gjengrodde stier" handler om disse år.

Der bliver stille og roligt dokumenteret uden de store forsøg på at retfærdiggøre sig selv. Sproget er dejligt at læse, og det er sådan set der, der bærer bogen det meste ad vejen.

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Kristín
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Maybe I don't know enough about Hamsun or Norwegian history during the war but I just had a really hard time connecting with this book. I was interested in finding out about Hamsun's defence and about why he was accused of being a Nazi sympathiser but very little of the book is about that. Most of it is about how he he is kept at an old people's home waiting to find out about his trial and mixed with that there are some stories of people he meets or even met a long time ago. I don't know if it's ...more
Ana
Aug 31, 2017 rated it liked it
It is really difficult to rate this book. Hamsun wrote it to prove his sanity and it is more like a diary than an actual novel. It talks about his time in different institutions he was placed during his trial for supporting Nazies during WW2. It's a very good book if you are interested in first hand facts about how author experienced the whole process, but it's not really interesting and there is a lot of memories written as well and, to be honest, I don't really see the point of them there, but ...more
Elena
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sela, dice David.
Sela non è una parola da leggere a voce alta, ma è solo una nota per chi recita, per dirgli che a questo punto deve fare una pausa per permettere all'accompagnamento musicale di suonare oppure deve elevare la propria voce con maggiore intensità.

Questo libro è un continuo Sela.

Egregio...sulla caducità, sulla velocità e sulla lentezza.
Agris Fakingsons
..Anna teica, ka grāmata ir garlaicīga, taču man tā vis nelikās. nedaudz atgādināja Heses "Kūrviesi", protams, ne tik aizraujošā veidā sarakstītu, bet tomēr. tikai beigās man kaut kā šī grāmata vairs neuzrunāja tik ļoti, kaut gan iesākumā aizrāva. nejauši sanāca satikt arī grāmatas pēcvārda un piezīmju autoru, un dabūt autogrāfu :)
Paulo César
Nov 12, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Este libro debería llamarse "Notas inconexas de un anciano escritor".
Achab_
Jan 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: norwegian
Jeg likte den godt men leste den på feil tidspunkt kanskje. Ble litt før trøtt og ufokusert for å følge med språket fullstendig. Spennende å lese om livet hans i disse årene etter krigen.
B
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If it's written by a Nazi apologist and still gets contemporary translations it must be good. Similarly, you can skip the new Margaret Atwood that couldn't even win the Booker outright.
Ever86
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who are you to talk to a Netherlander about fishing?
With Hamsun i have found a kindred soul.
Chris
Jun 25, 2019 rated it liked it
The main thing I enjoyed about this was the rare experience of reading the thoughts of a befuddled octogenarian. One seldom comes across anything written by anyone older than fifty so it is something to read these memoirs, written, I believe, when he was 86.

Hamsun writes mainly of encounters with people who try to talk with him, despite his almost complete deafness, and little about the legal proceedings against him for treason. He also seems blithely unconcerned about the complete destruction
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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’ ...more
Francesco Izzo
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biografy
Actually i read this book some months ago; but i'm still remembering the atmosphere of the hospitals,where Hamsun was reclused because of his opinions about the National-Socialism, and the particular hard treatment reserved to this very old man.I was really moved from his lonely thinking and his considerations in the hospital,in the silence and in front of the contempt of the nurses,or during the outside walkings and the rare meetings with someone.
Fortunately i have forgotten the injustices,that
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Øystein Bjaanes
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
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
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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.
“A ti, čovječe, sad razmišljam o tebi. Od svega živoga na tom svijetu, ti si rođen gotovo ni za šta. Ti budeš dobar ili zao, postojiš bez nekog zamišljenog cilja. Stižeš iz magle i vraćaš se u nju, tako si silno nesavršen.” 0 likes
“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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