Knut Hamsun On Language

Knut Hamsun (August 4, 1859 – February 19, 1952)

Knut Hamsun (August 4, 1859 – February 19, 1952)

Language must resound with all the harmonies of music. The writer must always, at all times, find the tremulous word which captures the thing and is able to draw a sob from my soul by its very rightness. A word can be transformed into a color, light, a smell. It is the writer's task to use it in such a way that it serves, never fails, can never be ignored.