My Struggle by Karl Knausgaard
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...his book does a superlative job of finding that "inner core of human existence." If his first volume was his struggle to cope with death, this is his struggle to cope with life.
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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.
 

About Karl Knausgaard

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Karl Ove Knausgaard was born in Oslo in 1968. His first novel, Out of the World, was published in 1998 and won the Norwegian Critics Literary Prize for Fiction—the first time a debut had won that award. His second novel, A Time for Everything, came out six years later, won multiple prestigious prizes, and was named one of the 25 Best Books of the Last 25 Years by Norway’s major newspaper; it was his first book to be translated into English (“Strange and marvelous,” said The New York Review of Books). With the publication of the first volume of My Struggle in 2009, he became a household name in Norway. He now lives in Österlen in rural Sweden with his wife and their three children.
 
Published May 2, 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 449 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference. Fiction
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Above average
Reviewed by Larry Rohter on Jun 18 2012

American readers, accustomed as they are to thinly disguised autobiographical novels and no-holds-barred memoirs, may wonder what all the fuss could be about.

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Good
Reviewed by BRIAN P. KELLY on May 10 2013

...his book does a superlative job of finding that "inner core of human existence." If his first volume was his struggle to cope with death, this is his struggle to cope with life.

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