jorgen said:Bukowski mentions Hamsun several times in both novels and poems, and the novel that impressed Hank the most was Hamsun's debut The Hunger. I also recommend Mysteries and Pan for those who would like to check out the Norwegian genius.
Erik said:Hamsun could write but he couldn't think straight. A good poet must do both.
zoom man said:I certainly despise all Hitler stood for, and hate the fact that Mr Hamsun was sympathetic, but still, I can appreciate his writing. I think I have all of his stuff.
mjp said:[...] Everyone has a scumbag quality or two if you dig deep enough. Sometimes you don't have to dig at all. But if we start to qualify art based on the artist's personality, we're dooming ourselves to a world of mediocrity, outright crap and nothingness. [...]
Yeah, I'm aware of what Hitler and his henchmen did. I'm not defending Hamsun, I've never read a word he's written. I'm just saying, and will continue to say, that you can't judge art on the saintliness or evilness of the creator of the art.Erik said:Whoaaa MJ! who mentioned Hamsun's personality? I'm talking about actual, concrete deeds and actions. The guy supported Adolf H, whose cronies murdered thousands of Hamsun's countrymen.