My Struggle: Book 1

Karl Ove Knausgaard; Translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett

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My Struggle: Book One introduces American readers to the audacious, addictive, and profoundly surprising international literary sensation that is the provocative and brilliant six-volume autobiographical novel by Karl Ove Knausgaard. It has already been anointed a Proustian masterpiece and is the rare work of dazzling literary originality that is intensely, irresistibly readable. Unafraid of the big issues—death, love, art, fear—and yet committed to the intimate details of life as it is lived, My Struggle is an essential work of contemporary literature.

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PART ONE
 

For the heart, life is simple: it beats for as long as it can. Then it stops. Sooner or later, one day, this pounding action will cease of its own accord, and the blood will begin to run toward the body’s lowest point, where it will collect in a small pool, visible from outside as a dark, soft patch on ever whitening skin, as the temperature sinks, the limbs stiffen and the intestines drain. These changes in the first hours occur so slowly and take place with such inexorability that there is something almost ritualistic about them, as though life capitulates according

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“Powerfully alive . . . Knausgaard is intense and utterly honest, unafraid to voice universal anxieties . . . He wants us to inhabit the ordinariness of life, which is sometimes visionary, sometimes banal, and sometimes momentous, but all of it perforce ordinary because it happens in the course of a life, and happens, in different forms, to everyone . . . There is something ceaselessly compelling about Knausgaard’s book.” —James Wood, The New Yorker (selected as one of the Books of the Year)

“A fantastic novel . . . I cannot say anything other than that I am looking forward desperately to the rest of it.” —Dagsavisen (Norway)

 

“Knausgaard’s thinking is magnificently unbridled.” —Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (germany)

 

“Between Proust and the woods . . . Like granite, precise and forceful. More real than reality.” —La Repubblica (Italy)

 

“I can’t stop, I want to stop, I can’t stop, just one more page, then I will cook dinner, just one more page . . .” —Västerbottens-kuriren (Sweden)

 


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Karl Ove Knausgaard; Translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett

Karl Ove Knausgaard was born in Norway in 1968. My Struggle has won countless international literary awards and has been translated into at least fifteen languages. Knausgaard lives in Sweden with his wife and three children.

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