Brushwood (1903) is a collection of thirteen short prose texts. The themes include art, politics, travellers tales and love.
In "Slaves of Love" , the first story in the collection, we meet one of Hamsun’s very few female main characters. A young waitress falls in love with one of her customers; he, for his part, is obsessed by another woman. And yet the female narrator is quite unable to free herself from her dream of her beloved.
Love is also the theme of ”The Call of Life”. One evening a young writer, H*** , is seduced by a young woman. The following morning, as he is about to leave her apartment, he comes across the corpse of her recently deceased husband lying in his coffin.
The length of these stories varies, from two to three pages to as many as eighteen.