Knut Hamsun: Dreamer and Dissenter by Ingar Sletten Kolloen and The Dark Side of Literary Brilliance by Monika Zagar, from the Los Angeles Times

Knut Hamsun: Dreamer & Dissenter BY Ingar Sletten Kolloen. Yale University Press. Hardcover, 384 pages. $40.
The cover of Knut Hamsun: Dreamer & Dissenter

In his prime, author Knut Hamsun wrote beautifully, poetically, and savagely. And yet the author, personally and politically, was a monster. He berated his friends and cheated on his wives; he could be horrible to his children. Famously, he was a fascist. Less famously, he was a career racist, who allied himself early with the Nazis.