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Celebrated and Condemned

Knut Hamsun publishes his last book On Overgrown Paths in 1949 after the Norwegian courts have called him a traitor and declared him to be of ”enduringly weakened mental faculties”. The reviewers praise the book for its literary qualities, but condemn Hamsun’s unrepentant defence of his attitudes and doings during the war.

”I am at peace, my mind is clear and my conscience free.”

The struggle surrounding Knut Hamsun’s posthumous reputation, with the heading Celebrated and Condemned in the Hamsun Centre exhibition, starts with the court-case after the war and continues on into our day.