November 15, 2007

FROM HUNGER:

A Norwegian Dostoyevsky, Gone to Seed (BENJAMIN IVRY, October 25, 2007, NY Sun)

Who says that great writers have to be great human beings? Norway's Knut Hamsun (1859–1952) won the 1920 Nobel Prize for Literature, and during the Nazi occupation of his country during World War II, Hamsun was an ardent supporter of the fascist politician Vidkun Quisling (1887–1945), an army officer who ran the country from 1942 until the end of the war. Quisling was known as "Norway's Hitler." Hamsun also loved the real Hitler, describing him in 1945 as a "warrior for mankind … a prophet of the gospel of justice for all nations." In 1943, Hamsun even sent his Nobel Prize medal as a gift to Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels.

Who says he was a great writer?

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 15, 2007 7:49 AM
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Who says he was a greater writer?

The buffoons who awarded the Peace Prize to Al.

Posted by: ic at November 15, 2007 4:20 PM
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