My Struggle: Book 1 (Paperback)

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By Karl Ove Knausgaard, Don Bartlett (Translated by)
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This is book number 1 in the My Struggle series.

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Translated from the Norwegian, this soon-to-be six-volume, semi-autobiographical novel is a sensation in its home country. The novel is an intense meditation on death, parenthood, love, masculinity, money, art, and the mundane inconveniences that loom over it all. In the first volume, the narrator juxtaposes his sullen adolescence and his ineffectual middle age in relation to his father’s death. While Knausgaard’s descriptions of walking to the corner store for cigarettes or scrubbing his grandmother’s bathroom are obsessively detailed, they perfectly recreate the lived experiences that make life feel like a struggle.

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Description


A New York Times bestseller, My Struggle: Book 1 introduces American readers to the audacious, addictive, and profoundly surprising international literary sensation that is the provocative and brilliant six-volume autobiographical novel by Karl Ove Knausgaard.

It has already been anointed a Proustian masterpiece and is the rare work of dazzling literary originality that is intensely, irresistibly readable. Unafraid of the big issues—death, love, art, fear—and yet committed to the intimate details of life as it is lived, My Struggle is an essential work of contemporary literature.

About the Author


Karl Ove Knausgaard was born in Norway in 1968. My Struggle has won countless international literary awards and has been translated into at least fifteen languages. Knausgaard lives in Sweden with his wife and four children.

Don Bartlett has translated dozens of books of various genres, including several novels and short story collections by Jo Nesbø and It's Fine by Me by Per Petterson. He lives in Norfolk, England.

Praise For…


“Powerfully alive . . . Knausgaard is intense and utterly honest, unafraid to voice universal anxieties . . . He wants us to inhabit the ordinariness of life, which is sometimes visionary, sometimes banal, and sometimes momentous, but all of it perforce ordinary because it happens in the course of a life, and happens, in different forms, to everyone . . . There is something ceaselessly compelling about Knausgaard's book.” —James Wood, The New Yorker (selected as one of the Books of the Year)

“A fantastic novel . . . I cannot say anything other than that I am looking forward desperately to the rest of it.” —Dagsavisen (Norway)

“Knausgaard's thinking is magnificently unbridled.” —Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (germany)

“Between Proust and the woods . . . Like granite, precise and forceful. More real than reality.” —La Repubblica (Italy)

“I can't stop, I want to stop, I can't stop, just one more page, then I will cook dinner, just one more page . . .” —Västerbottens-kuriren (Sweden)



Product Details
ISBN: 9780374534141
ISBN-10: 0374534144
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: May 28th, 2013
Pages: 448
Language: English
Series: My Struggle