The Ring is Closed (Paperback)

Knut Hamsun

THE FIRST UK EDITION OF HAMSUN'S LAST GREAT NOVEL;
A NEW TRANSLATION BY ROBERT FERGUSON, HAMSUN'S BIOGRAPHER

The Ring is Closed combines a central character as iconoclastic as that of Hunger with an evocation of the limitations of small-town life to equal Mysteries. Abel is the only son of a miserly lighthouse-keeper, after falling in love he leaves his life in a village in southern Norway and travels around the United States. He returns home, haunted by secret crimes, and now his only ambition is to live, on the barest of necessities, without desire or ambition. Abel allows all opportunities for another life - an inheritance, employment, relationships - to slip away while Hamsun questions what is the true meaning of work and life.

Publication date: 30/04/2010

£12.99

ISBN: 9780285638686

Imprint: Souvenir Press

Subject: Fiction

Translator: Robert Ferguson

The Ring is Closed (Ebook)

Knut Hamsun

THE FIRST UK EDITION OF HAMSUN'S LAST GREAT NOVEL;
A NEW TRANSLATION BY ROBERT FERGUSON, HAMSUN'S BIOGRAPHER

The Ring is Closed combines a central character as iconoclastic as that of Hunger with an evocation of the limitations of small-town life to equal Mysteries. Abel is the only son of a miserly lighthouse-keeper, after falling in love he leaves his life in a village in southern Norway and travels around the United States. He returns home, haunted by secret crimes, and now his only ambition is to live, on the barest of necessities, without desire or ambition. Abel allows all opportunities for another life - an inheritance, employment, relationships - to slip away while Hamsun questions what is the true meaning of work and life.

Publication date: 01/01/2011

£5.99

ISBN: 9780285639546

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B00796E6DU

Imprint: Souvenir Press

Subject: Fiction

Translator: Robert Ferguson

Reviews for The Ring is Closed

'Thanks to Souvenir, readers can now reclaim extraordinary works such as the eerie Mysteries and the epic Growth of the Soil... an unsettling master of modern fiction.'

The Independent 

'A rare understanding of human nature comes through, expressed in a measured, elegiac and lyrical prose. The atmosphere is deliciously thick with sensuality and doom.'

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 

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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