Knut Hamsun, Norwegian writer. He is a crowned national poet and a traitor who collaborated with the Nazis. At the age of 30, he writes his novel Hunger, at the age of 60 he receives the Nobel Prize for Literature. At the age of 85, he writes an obituary about the dead Hitler.

In 1888, a young writer roams the streets of the Norwegian capital, Kristiania. He lives day by day, he is evicted, he is starving. For food. For love. For love. To the satisfying recognition of society. His search for an artistic identity and his troubled, hopeless wanderings on the streets of Kristiania sharply depict the simultaneously liberating and cruel nature of the work.

Hamsun's autobiographically inspired psychological novel and the controversial assessment of the writer's figure in his old age collide in a dream-like performance that also engages in a multi-layered polemic with itself. At the same time, the presentation of the show's problem - the insatiable desire of a young artist starting a career and the artist's social responsibility - goes beyond the context of Hamsun's oeuvre and prompts the creators and viewers of the show to reflect.

Trafó - Vörösmarty Theater (HU)
Directed by: Nagy Péter István

Performed in Hungarian, with Romanian and English surtitles

This project is part of the national cultural programme "Timișoara – European Capital of Culture in the year 2023" and is funded by the City of Timișoara, through the Center for Projects.

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