My Struggle, Book One (Paperback)

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Born out of a profound bout of writer's block, Karl Ove Knausgaard's massive, six-volume fictionalized memoir is steadily gaining a critical reputation as a literary feat. A bestseller in Sweden and Norway, and increasingly beyond, Knausgaard's painstaking eye for detail has been compared with Proust and his inexplicable narrative energy is reminiscent of Dostoevsky. But that's to make the reading experience sound too heady and difficult, though. My Struggle: Book One is, believe it or not, nothing short of a darkly comedic, utterly human page-turner. You will be at pains to explain why, but if you find yourself in its grips, wincing with occasional embarrassment at the protagonist's social awkwardness and laughing in an "I've been there" sort of way, you will not wish it to stop. Indeed, you will likely find yourself like a good many others: running back to Diesel for volume two! -- Brad Johnson

— From October 2013


A New York Times bestseller, 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.

About the Author

Karl Ove Knausgaard was born in Norway in 1968. My Struggle has won countless international literary awards and has been translated into more than fifteen languages. Knausgaard lives in Sweden with his wife and three children.Don Bartlett has translated dozens of books of various genres, including several novels and short story collections by Jo Nesbo and It's Fine by Me by Per Petterson. He lives in Norfolk, England.

Praise For…

“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)


Product Details
ISBN: 9780374534141
ISBN-10: 0374534144
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Publication Date: May 28th, 2013
Pages: 441
Language: English
Series: My Struggle