Knut Hamsun a name synonymous in the literary world for being one of the greatest writers to have ever lived. Born in Lom in the Gudbrandsdal valley of Norway in 1859, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1920.
Disregarding the fact that Hunger and Mysteries are two of my favourite novels of all time (trying to be as un-biased as possible!), I m not the only one in thinking Knut Hamsun was a genius; another great and important literary figure, Isaac Bashevis Singer, called Knut Hamsun “the father of the modern school of literature in his every aspect – his subjectiveness, his fragmentariness, his use of flashbacks, his lyricism. The whole modern school of fiction in the twentieth century stems from Hamsun”. Ernest Hemingway stated that “Hamsun taught me to write” and the beat poet, Charles Bukowski, described him as the greatest writer to have ever lived .
If you’re interested in the life and works of Knut Hamsun, or are purely interested in fantastic architecture, then a visit to the Knut Hamsun Centre is an absolute must see! Set in the beautiful wilderness in Presteid of Hamaroy, Northern Norway, the centre overlooks the magnificent presteidstraumen, and is a feat of modern day architectural design. The museum includes exhibition areas detailing the life of Hamsun, a library and reading room, caf and an auditorium.
The architect, Steven Holl, was contacted in designing the centre in 1994, so set out to Norway and initially made a watercolour of the centre s design. Inspired by the nature and scenery of Norway, the centre was finally created and opened in 2009 and has been gaining popularity ever since. This is a must see if ever close to this area of Norway, and what better way to praise and preserve Hamsun’s legacy than this!