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Friday, September 23, 2016

Paul Auster: The Master's Voice. Interview with Regina Hamsun

I read Knut Hamsun's "Hunger" so many years ago I can't remember exactly when that was.  I believe it was in the summer of 2000 or a little before that.  I was an interesting book about a writer who willingly starves himself.  The narrative was exquisitely translated from the original Norwegian by Sverre Lyngstad, who also wrote a magnificent introduction.  I had not thought about the book much until coming across this interview.  I am not sure who is interviewing who here, but Paul Auster and Regina Hamsun, the granddaughter of Knut Hamsun, talk about the work itself and the film version of the novel.  I have to say, though, that for as much as I admire Paul Auster, the interview was a bit lopsided and he monopolized much of it.  I would have liked to hear more from Regina, particularly about her opinions and perceptions of her grandfather's work.  Nevertheless, it is an interesting interview/pseudo-dialogue and most insightful about the film version of "Hunger" (which can be watch entirely HERE).

Here's the interview between Paul Auster and Regina Hamsun.

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