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Ibsen and Hamsun for the young

A full-day program based on the life and work of the two writers, with form and content adapted and tailored to appeal to the young. Ibsen and Hamsun's work covers a range of issues still relevant for the young today.

Students will meet artists of national acclaim who appeal to the young through literature, music, drama, talks and film.

Two hungry men - a literary meeting with Ibsen and Hamsun

A presentation of the two authors and a work from each - Hamsun's "Hunger" and Ibsen's "Terje Vigen" - in a dramatized version.

"Hunger" from 1890 was Hamsun's breakthrough novel, and it also represents the start of a new era in Norwegian literature. The novel was dramatized and performed as a puppet theatre by TinkerTing and the puppeteers Per Arne Løset and Gisle Hass, produced by Norland figurteater and directed by Pickled Image, England.

Ibsen's poem "Terje Vigen" is the literary work maybe displaying the strongest connection with Grimstad. It was written in 1862, and is about Terje Vigen who rows across to Denmark to get food for himself and his family during the Napoleonic Wars when the supply route to Norway was blocked by the English. The poem was presented as a classic reading by actor Morten Liene.