Hamsun Centre opened
In 1920 Hamsun was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his novel Growth of the Soil.
Renowned and repudiated
In her opening remarks Crown Princess Mette-Marit noted that Hamsun has been called the father of modern literature, and at the same time touched on the writers complex history: If you are looking for a message of peace and reconciliation, Knut Hamsun is not the writer to choose. His literary works are too intricate and ambiguous for that, and his political reputation too problematical, the Crown Princess said.
Before the official opening the Crown Princess was given a guided tour of the Hamsun Centre by architect Steven Holl and Director Bodil Børset.
The opening of the Hamsun Centre is the third national commemorative event of the Hamsun anniversary year, Hamsun 2009. The fourth and final event will take place in Grimstad on 18 September. Hamsun lived the last 34 years of his life at his country estate, Nørholm, near Grimstad.
Congratulations are presented today from His Majesty King Harald to His Excellency Mr Egils Levits, President of the Republic of Latvia.
World Heritage at Vega
In 2004, UNESCO inscribed the Vega Archipelago on the World Heritage List. Today His Royal Highness The Crown Prince was in attendance to open the new Vega Archipelago World Heritage Centre – Norway’s first authorised centre of its kind.