Fiction. Joining previous Hamsun novels published by Sun & Moon Press (VICTORIA AND WAYFARERS), THE WOMEN AT THE PUMP, originally published in Norway in 1920, reveals the narrative power of the Nobel Prize-winning novelist. The women at the pump in Hamsun's small Norwegian coastal town are seldom short of something to talk about: scandals of ...Read MoreFiction. Joining previous Hamsun novels published by Sun & Moon Press (VICTORIA AND WAYFARERS), THE WOMEN AT THE PUMP, originally published in Norway in 1920, reveals the narrative power of the Nobel Prize-winning novelist. The women at the pump in Hamsun's small Norwegian coastal town are seldom short of something to talk about: scandals of adultery and illegitimate children, class tensions and hostility, religious disputes, and a mail robbery involving some of the town's most significant figures. All serve as a backdrop to the activities of Oliver Andersen and his large family he and his wife contrive to raise despite the growing suspicions that a mysterious accident at sea deprived him of more than a leg. THE WOMEN AT THE PUMP brims with prodigality of invention, sardonic humor, and an originality of style and technique representing Hamsun's later work at its best.Read Less
Good+ with no dust jacket. Probably first American edition--both title and copyright pages are dated 1928 and title page has Borzoi colophon. Defects: Typcial library markings, boards lightly shelf-worn, corners bumped, and front hinge started. Otherwise, interior clean and binding tight.; Ex-Library; 8vo 8"-9" tall; 421 pages; Fiction sml black / orange fictcat.
None. Good. No Jacket. This is Kurt Hamsun's classic novel translated from the Norwegian by Arthur G. Chater. Book is and ex-library book in good condition with usual markings, wear, cracked hinge, browned page ends, spine ends slightly frayed and soil. 421 pages, 8.5 x 5.5.
Fair. Good copy for reading, may have heavy page wear with writing textual notes highlighting or be an heavily used ex library copy with library markings, stickers or stamps. Dust jacket or accessories may not be included.
New York. 1978. Farrar Straus Giroux. 1st American Edition of this Translation. Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket. 392 pages. hardcover. 0374292809. Jacket design by Milton Glaser. Translated from the Norwegian by Oliver & Gunnvor Stallybrass. keywords: Literature Translated Norway Scandinavia. inventory # 4400. FROM THE PUBLISHER-The women at the pump in Hamsun's small Norwegian coastal town are seldom short of talking points: a birth (and where did those brown eyes come from? ), a marriage (shotgun? ), a death in strange circumstances (the victim flattened by a falling barrel of whale oil); the up-and-down career of the town's leading citizen and philanderer; the pointed questions asked in the Norwegian Parliament by its seedy representative; the mail robbery that permanently unhinges the postmaster and leads to the discovery of obscene tattooing all over the blacksmith's son; the news that an elderly spinster is pregnant (while the doctor's wife is not); the disastrous sinking of the steamship that is the town's chief pride and joy. Above all, there are the latest doings of Oliver Andersen and the large family that he and his wife contrive to raise despite growing suspicions that his mysterious accident at sea has deprived him of more than a leg. In Oliver, Hamsun has created one of the great comic characters of literature: a sly, boastful, flaccid rogue who trades shamelessly and indomitably on his misfortune. In his moral squalor he is the symbol of a corrupt and self-seeking society. Unattractive though he is, he never entirely loses the reader's sympathy, and his relations with his delightful ¿son' Abel are most movingly depicted. THE WOMEN AT THE PUMP brims with a prodigality of invention, sardonic humor, and an originality of style and technique representing Hamsun's later work at its best. First published in Norway in 1920-the year Hamsun was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature-the novel is now available to readers of English in a lively and impeccable new translation by Oliver and Gunnvor Stallybrass. KNUT HAMSUN was born in 1859 in the Gudbransdal Valley of central Norway, and died in 1952, at the age of ninety-three. In 1920 he was awarded the Nobel Prize.
ISBN. Hardback. No Dust jacket. Later Printing. Good Condition. Tight sound copy with some browning to edges of interior pages, scuffs to covers, heavy rubs to edges and corners of covers. NOT an ex-library copy.
Very Good. Very good DJ. First Thus. Very good DJ. New York, Farrar Straus, Giroux, 1978. Translated from the Norwegian by Oliver and Gunnvor Stallybrass. A stated first printing of this translation. Clean, bright, and tight pages; volume is square with minimal wear to boards and modest wear to dust jacket-including age toning and foxing to DJ edges and creasing to back inside flap. Unclipped dust jacket-original price of $10.95 is intact.
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