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SEGELFOSS TOWN

«A man up on the new mound with the flagpole on it, what’s he doing there? It’s probably just another piece of nonsense from Theodor the Store – if only the old man, his father old Per the Store, had known about it! See, Herr Holmengraa, the works owner, he had a flagpole and a flag and a man to raise and lower it, it was only right and proper, he had to flag for the post boat, and whenever a big goods vessel came steaming up to the quay with corn for the mill. But Theodor the Store had no shame, he built a mound for his flagpole to stand on just because he was a storekeeper, and he hoisted the flag for any reason at all, and sometimes no reason at all, or just because it was Sunday. He made a fool of himself.»

1915
2017-04-2613:28 Viktor Håkonsen

Segelfoss Town (1915) is an independent continuation of Children of the Age (1913).

Whereas Tobias Holmengraa and Willatz Holmsen stood for irreconcilable opposites, Segelfoss Town describes the love between Holmengraa’s daughter and Holmsen’s son as representing reconciliation and hope for the new society. The criticism of modern times is explicit, and symptomatic of the novel is the fact that the author’s mouthpiece, the telegraphist Baardson, takes his own life in Holmengraa’s cellar.

Children of the Age and Segelfoss Town are said to inaugurate the phase of Hamsun’s authorship devoted to social criticism.

Front cover of Segelfoss by (Segelfoss Town), published in Samlede verker. Ny utgave 2007–2009 (Collected Works. New edition 2008–2009). Gyldendal Norsk Forlag.