Tuesday, 3 July 2012

A death in the family by Karl Ove Knausgaard

I asked a customer (Jerry) to review A Death in the Family and this is what he wrote:

"This book is an "autobiographical novel".  The title refers to the death of the author's father. It is the first of six books. It fully details the lives of his family and friends and has caused some controversy because of the level of exposure. The entire series sold 450,000 copies in his country of origin, Norway.

I would describe the book as a documentary of the author's life and the lives of those around him. By the use of minute details he accurately describes emotions, character, hopes, fears. As I read this book I felt that he was not only speaking for himself but also for everyone who is living a "real" life with all its stresses and failures. In addition, it introduces Norwegian art and literature in a way that familiarises the reader with this culture."
Posted by Moxie.

Winner of the Brage Prize for fiction 2009.

Read a review and backgrounder in The Independent

[This is the first of six books comprising the author's "My Struggle" (Min Kamp" in Norwegian) cycle. 
In the US the title was literally translated as "My Struggle Book One", whereas in the UK and Canada it has been issued under the title "A Death in the Family".]

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