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A Death in the Family : My Struggle

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 30mm | 339.99g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099555166
  • 9780099555162
  • 6,282

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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)show more

About Karl Ove Knausgaard

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.show more

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An international phenomenon, which has been declared a masterpiece everywhere it has been published. A searingly honest, addictive and controversial read. 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. In A Death in the Family 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.show more

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âA scorchingly honest, unflinchingly frank, hyperreal memoir of the life of one man and his familyâ 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 fatherâs 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 authorâs very life were at stake. âA masterpiece... Meticulously detailed, harrowing, oddly beautiful, its depiction of a familyâs disintegration is one of the most powerful pieces of writing Iâve read in yearsâ Observer âBowled me over... The slow pace of disclosure makes this account of a Norwegian adolescence pulse with intensityâ Independentshow more

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âA living hero who landed on greatness by abandoning every typical literary feint, an emperor whose nakedness surpasses royal finery. I canât wait for the translator to finish the last three volumesâ Jonathan Lethem, Guardian âKarl Ove Knausgaardâs 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 Proustâ Spectator âRevolutionaryâ¦addictive and hypnoticâ Paris Review âKnausgaard is intense and utterly honest, unafraid to voice universal anxieties, unafraid to appear naïve or awkwardâ New Yorker âVia his visceral, immersive art, Knausgaard makes the heart visibleâ Boyd Tonkin Independent âThere 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.â Hari Kunzru, Guardian âThe locations and details may be unique, but it is Knausgaardâs gift to make of this unsparing specificity something universalâ The Times âWhy 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 toâ New York Times Book Reviewshow more

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18,544 ratings
4.07 out of 5 stars
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4 40% (7,340)
3 15% (2,863)
2 5% (880)
1 2% (342)
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