First published in 1894, Knut Hamsun's Pan is former lieutenant Thomas Glahn's retrospective narrative of his life and adventures in the Norwegian woods. A man of fascinating complexity, Glahn is in some respects a modern successor to a long line of "superfluous" men in western literature, an... show more
First published in 1894, Knut Hamsun's Pan is former lieutenant Thomas Glahn's retrospective narrative of his life and adventures in the Norwegian woods. A man of fascinating complexity, Glahn is in some respects a modern successor to a long line of "superfluous" men in western literature, an heir to Goethe's Werther and the protagonists of Turgenev and Dostoyevsky.But this portrait of a man rejecting the claims of bourgeois society for a Rousseauian embrace of Nature and Eros, explores the veiled mysteries of the unconscious by means of thoroughly modern techniques. Pan's quasi-musical modulations of pace and rhythm, its haunting use of leitmotifs which contract and distend time, its startling versions of myth and legend, and its ecstatic evocations of nature in its various phases and moods, all attest to the novel's Modernist innovations.Pan provides a lyrical, yet disturbing analysis of love and the recesses of the psyche. This superb new translation restores the power and virtuosity of Hamsun's original and includes an informative introduction.
Publish date: September 1st 1998
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 126
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Literary Fiction
, 19th Century
, Nobel Prize
, Scandinavian Literature
The novel is a harmonious appreciaton of nature by a man in love with the wrong girl. Well, I've added the last three words, probably you will not find them in a strandard description of the plot. A pure personal opinion. And I've not even been right and clear: the protagonist has always loved the n...
bookshelves: gutenberg-project, e-book, autumn-2012, shortstory-shortstories-novellas, library-in-norway, nobel-laureate, published-1894, 3m-bookshelf-challenge, dog-steals-the-show Read from October 16 to 17, 2012 http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/7214Translated by by W. W. WorsterWith an Introduc...
Since there are so many reviews of this book I shall record merely that when I first read this book in college, I was not prepared to appreciate its beautiful strangeness. Hamsun mixes together provincial mundanity in northernmost Norway, Nature mysteries, the pettiness, vindictiveness and hurtfulne...
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/7214Translated by by W. W. WorsterWith an Introduction by Edwin BjörkmanOpening: These last few days I have been thinking and thinking of the Nordland summer, with its endless day. Sitting here thinking of that, and of a hut I lived in, and of the woods behind the hut...
Magical, melancholic, perhaps Hamsun's finest.