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The Women At the Pump

(1920)
A novel by

 
In their gossiping at the pump the women express the poetry, the tawdriness and, above all, the sheer vitality of life in Hamsun's small coastal town. A birth (where did those brown eyes come from?); a marriage (shotgun?); a death in strange circumstances (the victim flattened by a barrel of whale oil); the up-and-down career of the town's leading citizen and philanderer; the elderly spinster's pregnancy; the sinking of the steamship that is the town's pride and joy. Above all, talk centres on the doings of Oliver Andersen and the large family that he and his wife contrive to create despite growing suspicions that his mysterious accident at sea has deprived him of more than a leg... The Women at the Pump overflows with a prodigality of invention and sardonic humour typical of Hamsun's work at its best. First published in 1920, the year Hamsun won the Nobel Prize for Literature, it has a universal quality that transcends time and place. Hamsun's women live on the Norwegian coast but their soulmates flourish in every small community around the world.

 
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Hardback Editions

June 1978 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Women at the Pump
Author(s): Knut Hamsun
ISBN: 0-374-29280-9 / 978-0-374-29280-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Paperback Editions

April 1996 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Women at the Pump (Sun & Moon Classics)
Author(s): Knut Hamsun
ISBN: 1-55713-244-5 / 978-1-55713-244-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Sun & Moon Press
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February 1992 : UK Paperback
Title: Women at the Pump (A condor book)
Author(s): Knut Hamsun
ISBN: 0-285-64867-5 / 978-0-285-64867-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd
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December 1979 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Women at the Pump (Picador Books)
Author(s): Knut Hamsun
ISBN: 0-330-25906-7 / 978-0-330-25906-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
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November 1978 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Women at the Pump (A Condor Book) (A Condor Book)
Author(s): Knut Hamsun
ISBN: 0-285-64868-3 / 978-0-285-64868-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd
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January 1978 : Paperback
thumbTitle: The Women at the Pump
Author(s): Knut Hamsun
ISBN: 8129109581 / 978-8129109583
Publisher: Rupa & Co
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Kindle Editions

June 2012 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Women at the Pump
Author(s): Knut Hamsun
Publisher: Souvenir Press
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