Karl Ove Knausgaard was born in Norway in 1968. His debut novel Out of the World won the Norwegian Critics Prize in 2004 and his A Time for Everything was a finalist for the Nordic Council Prize. My Struggle is a New York Times Best Seller and has been translated into more than twenty languages. Knausgaard writes regularly for the New York Times Magazine. In 2010, he co-founded the independent publishing house Pelikanen, based in Stavanger. About the translators: Don Bartlett has translated novels by many Danish and Norwegian authors, among them Jo Nesbø, Roy Jacobsen, Lars Saabye Christensen, and Per Petterson. He lives with his family in Norfolk, England. Martin Aitken is the acclaimed translator of numerous novels from Danish and Norwegian, including works by Karl Ove Knausgaard, Peter Høeg, Jussi Adler-Olsen, and Pia Juul, and his translations of short stories and poetry have appeared in many literary journals and magazines. In 2012 he was awarded the American-Scandinavian Foundation's Nadia Christensen Translation Prize.
Moving to the south coast of Norway in the early 1970s, an upwardly mobile family is observed from the vibrant perspectives of a young boy whose life parallels but rarely intersects with that of his parents.
Teaching in a village north of the Arctic Circle, writer Karl's life takes turn when his drinking results in blackouts, his attempts at losing his virginity end in humiliation, and he develops romantic feelings towards one of his students.
It's completely blown my mind' Zadie SmithKarl Ove Knausgaard writes about his life with painful honesty. He writes about his childhood and teenage years, his infatuation with rock music, his relationship with his loving yet almost invisible mother and his distant and unpredictable father, and his bewilderment and grief on his father's death.
For the young Karl Ove, new houses, classes and friends are met with manic excitement and creeping dread. Adults occupy godlike positions of power, benevolent in the case of his doting mother, tyrannical in the case of his cruel father.
It is also about the earth-shattering experience of becoming a father, the mundane struggles of family life, ridiculously unsuccessful holidays, humiliating antenatal music classes, fights with quarrelsome neighbours, the emotional strains of childrens' birthday parties and pushing a pram around Stockholm when all you really want to do is write.
The fourth part of the sensational My Struggle series that has been hailed as `perhaps the most significant literary enterprise of our times' (Guardian)Fresh out of high school, Karl Ove moves to a remote fishing village to work as a teacher.
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