Hamsun himself was always on the move, both of necessity and in search of adventure. Though his home county of Nordland is a source of great inspiration, it is often the journeying away from it that shapes his writing and his view of the world.
The wanderer is a figure we often meet in Knut Hamsun’s books. These vagabonds and outsiders live a restless life characterized by internal and external disquiet. The wanderer is also an expression of the modern age of a world in the process of change.