A Death in the Family: My Struggle

A Death in the Family: My Struggle

Paperback Knausgaard

By (author) Karl Ove Knausgaard, Translated by Don Bartlett

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 496 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 28mm | 360g
  • Publication date: 7 March 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099555166
  • ISBN 13: 9780099555162
  • Sales rank: 3,975

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Karl Ove Knausgaard writes with exhilarating honesty 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 father's 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. A Death in the Family is the first of the six books in the My Struggle cycle. In it Knausgaard has created a universal story which is gripping, hugely readable and written as if the author's very life were at stake. Another international sensation from the publishers of HHhH, 1Q84 and Coetzee's Summertime.

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Karl Ove Knausgaard's first novel, Out of the World, was the first ever debut novel to win The Norwegian Critics' Prize, and his second novel, A Time to Every Purpose Under Heaven, was widely acclaimed. A Death in the Family received the prestigious Brage Award. The My Struggle cycle has been heralded as a masterpiece wherever it appears. The six novels of the My Struggle cycle can be read independently or as one hugely ambitious project. This breathtaking cycle has been the greatest literary sensation in Norway in decades. The books have spurred a heated literary debate about the use of autobiographical elements in fiction, and about literary criticism in general. In addition to amazing reviews and several awards and nominations, this fascinating literary experiment has generated an enormous interest among journalists, critics and readers, resulting in hundreds of articles, commentaries, essays, blog posts and discussions.

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"A masterpiece... Meticulously detailed, harrowing, oddly beautiful, its depiction of a family's disintegration is one of the most powerful pieces of writing I've read in years" Observer, Books of the Year "The best book I read this year...full of artistic, moral and technical daring" Guardian, Books of the Year "This suburban epic, electrifying in candour and eloquence, feels streets ahead of the comparable Jonathan Franzen" Independent, Books of the Year "Incredibly moving" Irish Times, Books of the Year "A scorchingly honest, unflinchingly frank, hyperreal memoir of the life of one man and his family" Guardian "This first instalment of an epic quest should restore jaded readers to life" Independent "As tense as any thriller yet without a jot of sensationalism" Metro "Readers will be captured by Karl Ove's narrative intensity" Times Literary Supplement "I think this is one of the best pieces of writing I've ever come across." Farm Lane Books (literary blogger)

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The best book I read this year...full of artistic, moral and technical daring

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‘A scorchingly honest, unflinchingly frank, hyperreal memoir of the life of one man and his family’ Guardian In this utterly remarkable novel Karl Ove Knausgaard writes with painful honesty 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 father’s 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, gripping and hugely readable work, written as if the author’s very life were at stake. ‘A Death in the Family bowled me over... The slow pace of disclosure makes this account of a Norwegian adolescence pulse with intensity’ Irish Independent ‘Readers will be captured by Karl Ove’s narrative intensity’ Times Literary Supplement