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Knut Hamsun celebrated in Romania. Romania declared 2009 as being the year of Knut Hamsun. The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Bucharest and the Babes Bolyai University from Cluj organized a joint cultural event in Cluj on the 27th and the 28th October to celebrate the 150th centenary of Hamsun’s birth. The University from Cluj is the only place in Romania where students can study Norwegian language and literature at bachelor’s level. The organizers had prepared a poster exhibition and a mini-film festival inspired by the Norwegian writer’s novels. There was also a conference held by Nils Magne Knutsen, associate professor at the University of Tromsø, Jane Erik Holst, from the Norwegian Film Institute, and Sanda Tomescu Baciu, professor at the University of Cluj.

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Knut Hamsun celebrated in Romania

Published on Wednesday, 4th November, 2009 at 11:40 under the news category, by Alexandra Spinu.

Romania declared 2009 as being the year of Knut Hamsun. The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Bucharest and the Babes Bolyai University from Cluj organized a joint cultural event in Cluj on the 27th and the 28th October to celebrate the 150th centenary of Hamsun’s birth.

Babeş-Bolyai University
Babeş-Bolyai University
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The University from Cluj is the only place in Romania where students can study Norwegian language and literature at bachelor’s level. The organizers had prepared a poster exhibition and a mini-film festival inspired by the Norwegian writer’s novels.

There was also a conference held by Nils Magne Knutsen, associate professor at the University of Tromsø, Jane Erik Holst, from the Norwegian Film Institute, and Sanda Tomescu Baciu, professor at the University of Cluj.

Knut Hamsun was born as Knud Pedersen, in Vågå and spent most of his childhood in the northern part of Norway.

His debut novel “Hunger” was published in 1890, allowing him to take the literary stage as a respected novelist.

Hamsun’s most celebrated work is “Growth of the Soil”, written in 1917, resulted in him being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1920. The hero of this novel lives in the wild nature, and the reader can discover the way in which his life is guided and controlled by man’s basic needs, something which gradually influence his own existence.

Accused of treason, he was put in a psychiatric hospital, but the charges were later dropped for reasons of mental health. Hamsun died in 1952 at the age of 92.

Ingar Sletten Kolloen, author of “Dreamer & Dissenter”, told the New York Times that

“We can’t help loving him, though we have hated him all these years.”



Published on Wednesday, 4th November, 2009 at 11:40 under the news category, by Alexandra Spinu.

This post has the following tags: knut, hamsun, pedersen, vaagaa, university, babes-bolyai, norway, norwegian, conference, romania, tromsoe, film, institute.





  
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