Saturday, August 22, 2009

I will make my character laugh where sensible people think he ought to cry

I'm finally getting around to reading this profile of the new (Knut) Hamsun Centre in Presteid, Norway.

Børset wants the Hamsun Centre to be a place of reconciliation as well as literary debate, creativity and scholarship, open to everyone. Holl faced up to this debate when he first accepted the commission in 1994. Referring to the current exchange of letters, he says: "I think that all those things, good and bad, can be shown in a museum dedicated to the life of one person. You can include the stains in the exhibitions. Life isn't all clean. It has some messy corners."