A Death in the Family: Vol. 1: My Struggle Book 1

A Death in the Family: Vol. 1: My Struggle Book 1


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

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  • Publisher: HARVILL SECKER
  • Format: Hardback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 238mm x 42mm | 798g
  • Publication date: 9 April 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1846554675
  • ISBN 13: 9781846554674
  • Sales rank: 116,404

Product description

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. "A Death in the Family" is a Proustian exploration of his past, in which Knausgaard creates a universal story of the struggles, great and small, that we all face in our lives. "A Death in the Family" is a profoundly serious, gripping and hugely readable work written as if the author's very life were at stake.

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Author information

Karl Ove Knausgaard's first novel, Out of the World, was the first ever debut novel to win The Norwegian Critics' Prize. His second novel, A Time to Every Purpose Under Heaven, was widely acclaimed. A Death in the Family was awarded the prestigious Brage Award, and is being heralded as a masterpiece wherever it appears.

Review quote

"Long, intense, and vital. ceaselessly compelling. superb, lingering, celestial passages" -- James Wood New Yorker "This first instalment of an epic quest should restore jaded readers to life" -- Boyd Tonkin Independent "Bowled me over. The slow pace of disclosure makes this account of a Norwegian adolescence pulse with intensity" -- Selina Guinness Irish Independent "This is the first part of Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard's six book mega-novel, based on his own life - and if there's any justice the craze for Nordic noir should mean British readers greet it with open arms... as tense as any thriller yet without a jot of sensationalism" Metro "[A] revelation. Using the everyday material of family tension and dysfunction, Knausgaard out-Franzens Franzen in a virtuoso chronicle of youth - ruthless, hilarious, unbearably well-observed" Independent