An addictive piece of hyper-realism, My Struggle has created a phenomenon throughout Scandinavia.
ten years have passed since Karl O. Knausgaard's father drank himself
to death. He is now embarking on his third novel while haunted by
self-doubt. Knausgaard breaks his own life story down to its elementary
particles, often recreating memories in real time, blending
recollections of images and conversation with profound questions in a
remarkable way. Knausgaard probes into his past, dissecting struggles
with great candor and vitality. Articulating universal dilemmas, this
Proustian masterpiece opens a window into one of the most original minds
many contemporary writers would reflexively turn to irony, Knausgaard
is intense and utterly honest, unafraid to voice universal anxieties. . .
The concluding sentences of the book [are] placid, plain, achieved.
They have what Walter Benjamin called ‘the epic side of truth,
wisdom.'"--James Wood, The New Yorker
Karl Ove Knausgaard is a Norwegian author, known for six autobiographical books, most especially My Struggle (Min Kamp) and A Time for Everything. Born in Oslo, he made his publishing debut in 1998 with the novel Out of the World, for which he was awarded the Norwegian Critics Prize for Literature. His second novel, A Time for Everything
(2004) was nominated for the Nordic Council's Literature Prize and the
IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Knausgaard lives in Österlen, Sweden, with
his wife and their three children.