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

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One of the Guardian's 100 Best Books of the 21st Century, an addictive and searingly honest novel about childhood, family and grief

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 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 profound and mesmerizing work, written as if the author's very life were at stake.

`It's unbelievable... It's completely blown my mind' Zadie Smith
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Product details

  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 26mm | 360g
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099555166
  • 9780099555162
  • 23,914

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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.
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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 * "Intense and vital...ceaselessly compelling...superb" * New Yorker * "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 *
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About Karl Ove Knausgaard

Karl Ove Knausgaard's My Struggle cycle has been heralded as a masterpiece all over the world. From A Death in the Family to The End, the novels move through childhood into adulthood and, together, form an enthralling portrait of human life. Knausgaard has been awarded the Norwegian Critics Prize for Literature, the Brage Prize and the Jerusalem Prize. His work, which also includes Out of the World, A Time for Everything and the Seasons Quartet, is published in thirty-five languages.
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20,808 ratings
4.07 out of 5 stars
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3 16% (3,246)
2 5% (986)
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