Almost half of Hamsun’s books draw on his experience and memories from the county of Nordland. Here are humorous portrayals of everyday life, accounts of bountiful fishing and crass criticism of society. Nature and sensory impressions are interwoven.
In the 1870s, the young Hamsun wanders around the districts of Salten and Vesterålen. Daily life along the fjords provides him with material and inspiration for many of his stories. When Hamsun returns 30 years later, major economic and social changes had taken place in Nordland. This historical development, with the modernisation of Nordland and the world beyond, are the theme in many of his novels.