A Wanderer Plays on Muted Strings (1909) is the second volume of the wanderer trilogy.
Six years have passed since the events described in Under the Autumn Star, and Knut Pedersen is once again back on the captain’s estate, Øvrebø. He notes a general decline both in the buildings and the people, and both the Falkenbergs are having affairs. Knut Pedersen tries to combat the decline by inaugurating a number of projects around the estate, but to no avail. Finally Lovise Falkenberg, pregnant with her lover’s child, drowns. Along with its passages of lyricism and melancholy the novel offers some barbed criticisms of the spirit of the times.
A Wanderer Plays on Muted Strings marks the start of that element of social criticism and polemical intent that is characteristic of some of Hamsun’s later novels.