OPINION

FEBRUARY 20, 1952

KNUT HAMSUN: London, 19 – According to a telegram from Oslo, the famous Norwegian writer Knut Hamsun has died at his home in southern Norway at the age of 92. He became world-famous after the publication of his novel «Hunger.» HAMSUN IN GREECE: Nearly all of Hamsun’s books, which were very popular with the Greek public and had great influence on Greek prose, have been translated by distinguished scholars. Hamsun first became known in Greece with «Victoria,» published in the magazine Dionysos. «Pan» came next, in the magazine Panathinaia, translated by Pavlos Nirvana, followed by «Mysteries,» translated by the sister of Manolis Triandafyllidis. Later works found their ideal translator in the person of the late Vassilis Daskalakis, a Norwegian scholar. Other books by Hamsun that have been popular with Greek readers are «Hunger,» «Under the Autumn Star,» «Queen of Sheba» and «Benoni.» His novel «Women at the Pump,» which appeared in 1920, won him the Nobel Prize for Literature. He also wrote plays, although none of them have been performed in Greece.