The Ring is Closed combines a central character as iconoclastic as that of Hunger with an evocation of the limitations of small-town life to equal Mysteries.
Abel is the only son of a miserly lighthouse-keeper, after falling in love he leaves his life in a village in southern Norway and travels around the United States.
He returns home, haunted by secret crimes, and now his only ambition is to live, on the barest of necessities, without desire or ambition.
Abel allows all opportunities for another life - an inheritance, employment, relationships - to slip away while Hamsun questions what is the true meaning of work and life.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 30/04/2010
- Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780285638686
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