On the heels of the first two volumes of the internationally celebrated My Struggle series, Book Three finds us in the sensuous realm of Karl Ove’s childhood. A family of four — mother, father, and two boys — move to the southern coast of Norway to a new house on a newly developed site. It’s the early 1970s and the family’s trajectory: upwardly mobile. The future seems limitless. In painstaking, sometimes self-lacerating detail, Knausgaard paints a world familiar to anyone who can recall the intensity and novelty of childhood experience, one in which children and adults lead parallel lives that never meet. Book Three gives us Knausgaard’s vivid recollections of childhood, his emerging self-understanding, and the multi-layered nature of memory and existence. My Struggle is already a worldwide bestseller, and Karl Ove Knausgaard is rapidly becoming a household name in North America.
Read Knausgaard’s essay on fame in the New York Times Style Magazine.
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