Pan: From the Papers of Lieutenant Thomas Glahn

Pan: From the Papers of Lieutenant Thomas Glahn


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The Nobel Prize winner’s lyrical and disturbing portrait of love and the dark recesses of the human psyche

A Penguin Classic

A lone hunter accompanied only by his faithful dog, Aesop, Thomas Glahn roams Norway’s northernmost wilds. Living out of a rude hut at the edge of a vast forest, Glahn pursues his solitary existence, hunting and fishing, until the strange girl Edvarda comes into his life.
Sverre Lyngstad’s superb translation of Hamsun’s 1894 novel restores the power and virtuosity of Hamsun’s original and includes an illuminating introduction and explanatory notes.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,800 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780141180670
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/1998
Series: Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics Series
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 612,571
Product dimensions: 5.09(w) x 7.76(h) x 0.44(d)
Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Knut Hamsun (1858–1952) was a Norwegian novelist, poet, and playwright hailed by many as one of the founders of modern literature. Born to a poor peasant family in central Norway, he worked as a schoolmaster, sheriff’s assistant, laborer, store clerk, farmhand, and streetcar conductor in both Scandinavia and America before establishing himself as a successful playwright and novelist. His first novel, Hunger (1890), was an immediate critical success; he went on to write the novels Mysteries (1892), Pan (1894), Victoria (1898), and The Growth of the Soil (1917), the last of which earned him the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1920.

Sverre Lyngstad (1922–2011; translator, introducer, notes) was a scholar and translator of Norwegian literature and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He translated five of Knut Hamsun’s works for Penguin Classics—Hunger (1890), Mysteries (1892), Pan (1894), Victoria (1898), and The Growth of the Soil (1917)—and was honored by the King of Norway with the St. Olav Medal and with the Knight’s Cross, First Class, of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii(18)
Suggestions for Further Reading xxv(2)
Translator's Note xxvii
Explanatory Notes 127(2)
Textual Notes 129

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Pan: From the Papers of Lieutenant Thomas Glahn 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely fabulous. You'll love it. Trust me
michiy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was my introduction to Knut Hamsun and he writes beautifully! His voice is distinct penetrates the reading. Definitely one of the top writers out there. Looking forward to reading his other books.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Probably Hamsun's finest work. Besides being a captivating story of lonelyness and unrequited love, Pan is also the closest you can get to the northen norwegian wilderness without actually going there yourself. The epilogue is a stroke of genious!