A Man In Love: My Struggle

A Man In Love: My Struggle

Paperback Knausgaard

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

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 672 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 192mm x 36mm | 380g
  • Publication date: 3 October 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099555174
  • ISBN 13: 9780099555179
  • Sales rank: 8,284

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"It's unbelievable. I just read 200 pages of it and I need the next volume like crack. It's completely blown my mind". (Zadie Smith via Twitter on My Struggle Book 1). It is shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2014. This is a book about leaving your wife and everything you know. It is about fresh starts, about love, about friendship. It is also about the earth-shattering experience of becoming a father, the mundane struggles of family life, ridiculously unsuccessful holidays, humiliating antenatal music classes, fights with quarrelsome neighbours, the emotional strains of children's' birthday parties and pushing a pram around Stockholm when all you really want to do is write. This is a book about one man's life but, somehow, about everyone else's too. A Man in Love, the second book of six in the My Struggle cycle, sees Knausgaard write of tempestuous relationships, the trials of parenthood and an urge to create great art. His singular insight and exhilarating honesty must be read to be believed. Another international sensation from the publishers of HHhH, 1Q84 and Coetzee's Summertime. Fans include Zadie Smith, Jonathan Lethem, Hari Kunzru, Jeffrey Eugenides, James Wood and Rachel Cusk.

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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, 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.

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"A stunningly eloquent set of reflections on masculinity, domesticity and the artist's itch to escape" -- Boyd Tonkin Independent "Punishingly honest record of the triumphs and banalities of his own life" -- Tim Martin Telegraph "My favourite book of the year... He has the ability to make the small details of his life fascinating" -- William Leith Spectator "A brutally honest self-examination in what feels like real time" -- Justine Jordan Guardian Online "Karl Ove Knausgaard's 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" -- Stephen Romei Spectator "Packed with existential angst and fierce insights" Big Issue in the North "Required reading for new fathers" -- Richard Godwin Evening Standard "A stunningly eloquent set of reflections on masculinity, domesticity and the artist's itch to escape" Independent