A Man in Love: My Struggle

A Man in Love: My Struggle

Hardback Knausgaard

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

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  • Publisher: HARVILL SECKER
  • Format: Hardback | 528 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 236mm x 52mm | 840g
  • Publication date: 25 April 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1846554691
  • ISBN 13: 9781846554698
  • Sales rank: 117,535

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This is an electrifying honest and autobiographical love story from the international sensation and bestseller, Karl Ove Knausgaard. Karl Ove Knausgaard leaves his wife and everything he knows in Oslo for a fresh start in Stockholm. There he strikes up a deep and competitive friendship with Geir and pursues Linda, a beautiful poet who captivated him years ago. 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 exhilirating honesty must be read to be believed. Another international sensation from the publishers of Summertime, 1Q84 and HHhH.

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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 "This deserves to be called perhaps the most significant literary enterprise of our times" -- Rachel Cusk Guardian "Shocking and compulsive" -- Sophie Hughes Dazed and Confused "As invented and as real as life itself. Compelling, rewarding, maddening and often breathtaking, A Man In Love is a bold exploration of how we create and curate our lives" -- Stuart Evers Observer "By closely examining his world, he gives readers impetus to reflect on their lives. He reveals plenty about himself and his loved ones, but the people we learn most about from My Struggle are ourselves" -- Max Liu Independent "Blistering...one of the most remarkable works of literature in recent times" -- David Winters The Quietus "There is, I think, a nobility in Knausgaard's decision to describe how he really felt, to expose himself to the world without hiding behind the mask of a fictional character" -- Jake Kerridge Sunday Express (Scotland) "Knausgaard compels the reader to carry on through a mix of astute observation and continually puncturing his own ego. Impressive" -- Doug Johnstone Big Issue "A remarkable insight into the mind of a man in the grip of a mid-life crisis as he battles with the big questions posed by parenthood and the unwelcome realisation that there is no second chance" -- Susie Mesure Independent on Sunday "Extraordinary" -- Anthony Cummins Daily Telegraph "As no other writer has quite managed, Knausgaard captures our modern self-preoccupation" -- Kate Webb Times Literary Supplement "Maddening and fascinating" Telegraph

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This deserves to be called perhaps the most significant literary enterprise of our times