Strident Life (1905) is Hamsun’s third and final collection of short stories. There are seven tales, varying in length.
Two of them, "Vagabond Days " and "Beneath the Crescent Moon", are novellas, with divisions into chapters. They are set in, respectively, America and the Orient.
"In the sweet Summer Days" is subtitled ”a little novel". The setting is a sanatorium in which deceit and the switching of roles are elements of the plot. The story anticipates the two novels The Last Joy and Chapter the Last (1923), which is likewise set a sanatorium.
"On Blåmandsø", "Alexander and Leonarda" and "Among Animals" are all set in Nordland.