A Death in the Family: My Struggle Book 1 (Knausgaard) Paperback 7 Mar 2013by Karl Ove Knausgaard (Author), Don Bartlett (Translator)

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Book Description

A searingly honest, addictive and controversial read from the international sensation and bestseller, Karl Ove Knausgaard.

From the Inside Flap

A living hero who landed on greatness by abandoning every typical literary feint, an emperor whose nakedness surpasses royal finery. I cant wait for the translator to finish the last three volumes Jonathan Lethem, Guardian
Karl Ove Knausgaards six-volume autobiographical novel My Struggle is one of the most absorbing literary projects of recent times, one that has seen the Norwegian writer dubbed the Scandinavian Proust Spectator
Revolutionaryaddictive and hypnotic Paris Review
Knausgaard is intense and utterly honest, unafraid to voice universal anxieties, unafraid to appear naïve or awkward New Yorker
Via his visceral, immersive art, Knausgaard makes the heart visible Boyd Tonkin Independent
There is no doubt that My Struggle has been bought at a price, both for the author and his loved ones, but for the reader, there is the thrill of confronting a passionate writer who is prepared to take such risks, to try to show his face as it is, rather than as he wishes it were. Hari Kunzru, Guardian
The locations and details may be unique, but it is Knausgaards gift to make of this unsparing specificity something universal The Times
Why would you read a six-­volume, 3,600-page Norwegian novel about a man writing a six-­volume, 3,600-page Norwegian novel? The short answer is that it is breathtakingly good, and so you cannot stop yourself, and would not want to New York Times Book Review

From the Back Cover

A scorchingly honest, unflinchingly frank, hyperreal memoir of the life of one man and his family Guardian
Karl Ove Knausgaard writes about his life with painful honesty. He writes about his childhood and teenage years, his infatuation with rock music, his relationship with his loving yet almost invisible mother and his distant and unpredictable father, and his bewilderment and grief on his fathers death.
When Karl Ove becomes a father himself, he must balance the demands of caring for a young family with his determination to write great literature. Knausgaard has created a universal story of the struggles, great and small, that we all face in our lives. A profoundly serious and mesmerizing work, written as if the authors very life were at stake.
A masterpiece... Meticulously detailed, harrowing, oddly beautiful, its depiction of a familys disintegration is one of the most powerful pieces of writing Ive read in years Observer
Bowled me over... The slow pace of disclosure makes this account of a Norwegian adolescence pulse with intensity Independent

About the Author

Karl Ove Knausgaards first novel, Out of the World, was the first ever debut novel to win the Norwegian Critics Prize and his second, A Time to Every Purpose Under Heaven, was widely acclaimed. A Death in the Family, the first of the My Struggle cycle of novels, was awarded the prestigious Brage Award. The My Struggle cycle has been heralded as a masterpiece wherever it appears.