On Overgrown Paths (Knut Hamsun), or On the Revanchism of Banal Evil Cover Image
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По обраслите с треви пътеки (Кнут Хамсун), или за реваншизма на баналното зло
On Overgrown Paths (Knut Hamsun), or On the Revanchism of Banal Evil

Author(s): Silvia Serafimova
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Институт по философия и социология при БАН
Keywords: Тhe banality of evil; Knut Hamsun; Politics of revanchism; Hannah Arendt;

Summary/Abstract: This article aims at clarifying the reasons leading to the transformation of the banality of evil into a politics of revanchism exerted upon intellectuals who have supported National Socialist ideas during the Second World War. An illuminative example showing the implementation of the aforementioned politics is the Norwegian Nobel Laureate in literature, Knut Hamsun, who is treated like a criminal taking part in the fascist genocide and sentenced to pay huge compensation only because he has been writing articles in favor of the National Socialist ideology. In this context, we try to bring to light the contradictions arising from the question how due to the politics of revanchism Hamsun is treated against his will like a mentally sick person, deprived of the right to get a just sentence as a human being responsible for his own actions.

  • Issue Year: XX/2011
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 87-111
  • Page Count: 25
  • Language: Bulgarian