The unlikely career and Startling fall from grace of a great writer.

The Norwegian author Knut Hamsun was a self taught farm boy who beat James Joyce and Virginia Woolf to Modernism. With his groundbreaking

novel, Hunger, published in 1890, he revolutionized world literature.

By 1922, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, and was one of

the most famous writers in the world, feted by everyone from Kafka to Hemmingway. Yet he ended his life in poverty and disgrace after his

public admiration of the Nazis. He even sent Goebbels his Nobel Prize

medal. Today he is largely unknown outside of his native country. Per

Kristian Olsen considers the best of Hamsun's writing against the

worst of his political thoughts and deeds and asks whether it is

possible to separate life from art.

Presenter: Per Kristian Olsen

Producer: Jessica Treen

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