I would suggest that reading novelists for their political or even
philosophical ideas is not a great way to approach them. Of course, many of
them had political and moral ideas, but if Tolstoy was just a semi-confused
semi-reactionary of the mid to late 19. century he would be forgotten with
the rest of them. It is only his literary skills and talent that still make
him worth reading in the 21. century.
On Sat, Aug 25, 2018 at 12:07 AM Torgeir Fjeld <t.fjeld1@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Could there be any other reason for people continuing to read Hamsun than
a desire to once again reveal him as a reactionary supporter of the
invading Nazis? Yes, writes Henning Howlid Wærp in a new book on Hamsun and
Ecocriticism. Hamsun's adoration of Hitler was only rivalled, Wærp
suggests, by an inclination to question our idea of "progress," such as in
"We live in a time when the inner voices of life are silenced to an ever
greater extent; the exterior dominates: the masses, the machinery, the
Americanisms, the mechanisation. Everything is industry, all is steam and
So what is progress, then? "The big Knut," as we call him here, proposed
that we reserve the term for "the body's required recuperation and the
spirit's necessary rest. Progress is the well-being of man."
Mvh. / Yours sincerely,
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