Mysteries (Paperback)

Knut Hamsun

A wild masterpiece by a Nobel prize winner championed by influential writers such as Karl Ove Knausgaard and Doris Lessing

Mysteries is a classic of European literature, one of the seminal novels of the twentieth century. It is the story of Johan Nagel, a strange young man who arrives to spend a summer in a small Norwegian coastal town. His presence acts as a catalyst for the hidden impulses, concealed thoughts and darker instincts of the local people. Cursed with the ability to understand the human soul, especially his own, Nagel can foresee, but cannot prevent, his own self-destruction.

Publication date: 01/03/2011

£9.99

ISBN: 9780285647299

Imprint: Souvenir Press

Subject: Fiction

Translator: Gerry Bothmer

Mysteries (Ebook)

Knut Hamsun

A wild masterpiece by a Nobel prize winner championed by influential writers such as Karl Ove Knausgaard and Doris Lessing

Mysteries is a classic of European literature, one of the seminal novels of the twentieth century. It is the story of Johan Nagel, a strange young man who arrives to spend a summer in a small Norwegian coastal town. His presence acts as a catalyst for the hidden impulses, concealed thoughts and darker instincts of the local people. Cursed with the ability to understand the human soul, especially his own, Nagel can foresee, but cannot prevent, his own self-destruction.

Publication date: 01/03/2011

£5.99

ISBN: 9780285639904

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B006WB7FGS

Imprint: Souvenir Press

Subject: Fiction

Translator: Gerry Bothmer

Reviews for Mysteries

'Mysteries is closer to me than any other book I've read.'

Henry Miller 

'Hamsun has the qualities that belong to the very great, the completest omniscience about human nature.'

Rebecca West 

'A rare understanding of human nature comes through, expressed in a measured, elegiac and lyrical prose.'

 Sunday Telegraph

'Hamsun is one of the great writers of this century - his nearest British equivalent being I suspect Thomas Hardy. Hamsun's novels have the simplicity of total self-possession, of the clearest possible understanding of the human world... a unique beauty of expression.'

 Sunday Times

'The most outstanding Norwegian writer since Ibsen.'

 Times Literary Supplement

'I read these novels with the gently expanding recognition due only to the great writers.'

Doris Lessing The Independent

Knut Hamsun

Knut Hamsun

Born in 1859, Knut Hamsun published a stunning series of novels in the 1890s: Hunger (1890), Mysteries (1892) and Pan (1894). He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1920 for Growth of the Soil.

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