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The Last Joy

Knut Hamsun

Translated from the Norwegian by Sverre Lyngstad

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Knut Hamsun
The Last Joy
Series No.: 090
ISBN: 1-931243-19-0, Pages: 280
Norwegian Literature, Fiction

Author winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature

The Last Joy (1912) brings to a close Hamsun’s “Wanderer Trilogy,” preceded by Under the Autumn Star (1906) and A Wanderer Plays on Muted Strings (1909), the latter also available from Green Integer. With its richly varied contents, this work straddles the lyrical Hamsun of Pan (1894) and the epic creator of Growth of the Soil, the book after whose publication he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

The middle-aged narrator of The Last Joy is a Hamsun double, who leaves the wild, where he has lived in a turf hut, for a tourist resort and, subsequently, the city, where he resumes contact with Miss Torsen, a beautiful young school-teacher he met at the resort. He follows her sexual escapades, including rape, with the intense, vicarious interest of a voyeur. Considering himself too old for love, he encourages Miss Torsen’s interest in Nikolai, a hulk of a man like Isak of Growth of the Soil, whom she marries, thereby escaping the supposedly sorry lot of a career woman. The novel combines a rapturous celebration of nature with excoriating satire of modernity, and ends with a call to return to the soil.

Also by Knut Hamsun:
A Wanderer Plays on Muted Strings, Out of Stock
On Overgrown Paths, $13.95
The Women at the Pump [Sun & Moon], Out of Stock
Victoria [Sun & Moon], Out of Stock

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