“And love became the world’s beginning and the world’s ruler; but all its ways are full of flowers and blood, flowers and blood.”
The first time I read his most famous book; “Victoria”, I was shocked by how easily this man could put the most universally known feeling down on paper and transform it into poetry. He doesn’t vulgarize love. He purifies it. He takes a feeling, digs deep into it and creates his own little imaginary world surrounding it. Johannes isn’t just infatuated with Victoria. He adores her. He praises her. Her delicate nature almost kills him each time they meet. Their childlike love is still as pure and innocent as when they first laid eyes on each other as boy and girl. The nostalgia from the past in which inhabits both their souls is what draws them nearer to each other – but it is also what destroys them in the end … Knut Hamsun, you opened my eyes to a new style of writing. You taught me how to narrate a simple story and turn it into poetry. You are and will always be one of my biggest mentors in literature.
Aftur S. Nerdrum
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