Creator / Knut Hamsun

Norwegian author (1859-1952). Won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1920. Neo-romantic novelist, the only Norwegian author besides Henrik Ibsen to achieve lasting international renown. Despised in his native country for supporting National Socialism during WWII and still a controversial figure because of this. Ernest Hemingway supposedly once said that Hamsun taught him to write.

Tropes connected to the works of Hamsun

  • Broken Pedestal: Because of his friendly attitudes towards nazis during the war.
  • Creator Provincialism: Many of Hamsun`s books take place in Northern Norway - because he grew up there and knew the area quite well.
  • Love It or Hate It: Seriously. Either, you adore the man´s way of writing, or you simply can´t stand him. His fanbase broke good and proper during his lifetime, and the war made it even worse.
  • Magical Negro: If this trope shows up, a Sami will do the part. Gilbert Lapp from Benoni is a dark example of this.
  • Self-Made Man: Hamsun spent some time in the US before he began his career as a writer. Although he detested the mentality he found there, this trope stuck, and he used it time and again.