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The 150th anniversary of the birth of the author Knut Hamsun (1859–1952)

The Ministry of Culture and Church Affairs (Kultur- og kirkedepartementet) wishes the anniversary of Knut Hamsun’s birth to be commemorated in a manner commensurate with his standing as an internationally renowned author.



The Ministry has given the National Library of Norway (Nasjonalbiblioteket) responsibility for organising the official commemorations in Norway in collaboration with academic experts, the Hamsun municipalities and other relevant organisations and individuals. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Utenriksdepartementet) is responsible for international cultural collaboration and the promotion of Norway abroad.

Information on the commemorative events and the anniversary organisation Hamsun 2009 may be found on this website (www.hamsun.no).

Many institutions, both in Norway and abroad, have made plans for the commemoration of the Hamsun anniversary. The website will be a central channel of communication with respect to such commemorations and will also attempt to publicize information about as wide a range of commemorative events as possible.

Please contact Hamsun 2009 if you wish to publicize information on a commemorative event or if you have any enquiries about the Hamsun anniversary.

Email: hamsun@nb.no

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Det er min Borgerpligt at leve, ellers blir det mindre Skat. Hehe.

Knut Hamsun: Spredte notater m.m. (NBs Håndskriftsamling)