On Overgrown Paths
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On Overgrown Paths is the English title of a 1949 novel by Norwegian author Knut Hamsun, and is seen as the author's attempt at proving his soundness of mind after his sanity was called into question. It was his last literary work. The book is part fiction, part diary, part an old man's apologia and part a pamphlet in opposition to the ruling given in the 1948 court trial against him, that he had "permanently impaired mental abilities".
The original Norwegian version was titled Paa gjengrodde Stier.
The first translation to English was published in 1967.
The novel has been published in German, Italian, Icelandic, Serbian (translated by Mirko Rumac; Beograd: LOM, 2011), Bosnian and French. The Bosnian translation was done by Munim Delalic, and it was published by Dobra knjiga d.o.o., Sarajevo, in 2014.
- Fredrik Wandrup (9 July 2008) Den gåtefulle dikteren (Norwegian) Dagbladet, retrieved 4 August 2013