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A Man In Love : My Struggle

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 672 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 36mm | 379.99g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099555174
  • 9780099555179
  • 15,938

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, 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.show more

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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 is a reading experience like no other. Fearless in its truth-telling and as real as life, it is an epic study of what it feels like to be alive" -- Carys Davies Metroshow more

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"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"show more

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‘A living hero who landed on greatness by abandoning every typical literary feint, an emperor whose nakedness surpasses royal finery. I can’t wait for the translator to finish the last three volumes’ Jonathan Lethem, Guardian ‘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’ Spectator ‘Revolutionary…addictive and hypnotic’ Paris Review ‘Knausgaard is intense and utterly honest, unafraid to voice universal anxieties, unafraid to appear naïve or awkward’ New Yorker ‘Via his visceral, immersive art, Knausgaard makes the heart visible’ Boyd Tonkin Independent ‘There 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.’ Hari Kunzru, Guardian ‘The locations and details may be unique, but it is Knausgaard’s gift to make of this unsparing specificity something universal’ The Times ‘Why 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 to’ New York Times Book Reviewshow more

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‘Compelling, rewarding, maddening…breathtaking’ Observer 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 childrens’ 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 stunningly eloquent set of reflections on masculinity, domesticity and the artist's itch to escape’ Independent ‘My favourite book of the year… He has the ability to make the small details of his life fascinating’ Spectatorshow more