My Struggle: Book 6My Struggle (Volume 6)
Karl Ove Knausgaard; Translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett and Martin Aitken
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
The final installment in the long-awaited, internationally celebrated My Struggle series.
The full scope and achievement of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s monumental work is evident in this final installment of his My Struggle series. Grappling directly with the consequences of Knausgaard’s transgressive blurring of public and private, Book 6 is a troubling and engrossing look into the mind of one of the most exciting artists of our time. Knausgaard includes a long essay on Hitler and Mein Kampf, particularly relevant (if not prescient) in our current global climate of ascending dictatorships.
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, New York Times Book Review Notable Books of the Year
In mid-September of 2009 I went up to Thomas and Marie’s little retreat between Höganäs and Mölle, he was going to take some photos of me for the forthcoming books. I had rented a car, a black Audi, and headed north along the...
Praise for My Struggle: Book 6
“. . . Knausgaard explores the various ways language can be leveraged for honest disclosure and tragic nationalism . . . and whether confessional style can be a force against propagandistic writing . . . [Book 6] caps a remarkable achievement...A fittingly bulky end to a radical feat of oversharing.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“At last, the highly anticipated conclusion to Knausgaard’s six-part masterwork arrives in English . . . Perhaps most notable about Book 6 is a 400-page examination of Hitler, Nazism, and the nature of evil, which draws parallels between Mein Kampf and My Struggle . . . This uncomfortable comparison simultaneously explodes the purview of what fiction can do while zeroing in on the unique concerns of his narrator.” —Booklist, starred review
“The final book of Knausgaard’s six-volume masterpiece goes maximalist and metatextual, examining the impact that the autobiographical series has had on the author’s life and the lives of those around him . . . The rationale for his project comes into brilliant focus. This volume is a thrilling conclusion to Knausgaard’s epic series.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review