Monika Zagar


On her book Knut Hamsun: The Dark Side of Literary Brilliance

Cover Interview of December 22, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“The mix of brilliant art and repugnant politics compelled me to write this book.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“While searching for answers to Hamsun’s support for the Third Reich, I felt that the critical texts about Hamsun were too narrowly focused on his standard set of novels. Hamsun wrote so much more. He wrote disparagingly about other races; his descriptions of blacks and their allegedly animalistic sexuality were especially repulsive.”

On the second:

“So-called great men and artists are not exempt from lending support to repressive ideologies.”