My Struggle

My Struggle

Book Four

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My Struggle: Book 4 finds an eighteen-year-old Karl Ove Knausgaard in a tiny fishing village in northern Norway, where he has been hired as a schoolteacher and is living on his own for the first time. When the ferocious winter takes hold, Karl Ove--in the company of the H̄fjord locals, a warm and earthy group who have spent their lives working, drinking, and joking together in close quarters--confronts private demons, reels from humiliations, and is elated by small victories. We are immersed, along with Karl Ove, in this world--sometimes claustrophobic, sometimes serenely beautiful--where memories and physical obsessions burn throughout the endless Arctic winter. In Book 4, Karl Ove must weigh the realities of his new life as a writer against everything he had believed it would be.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
Edition: First Farrar, Straus and Giroux edition.
ISBN: 9780374534172
0374534179
Branch Call Number: FIC KNAUSGAARD, KARL
Characteristics: 502 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Bartlett, Don - Translator

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jackseney Dec 05, 2015

It's hard to tell if books like this seem good simply because they're written by foreign authors, about foreign places, and because they have that exotic "Translated by" on them.
Would I be so interested if this were written by an American about an American place, in the style that it's translated in here? Would I be so interested if an American wrote a novel like this where not a whole lot really happens, where everything's on an "ordinary" day to day basis and where it's mostly all about an "ordinary" young man's first real job, as a teacher? I think that I would if it were written as well as this, with the eye that this author has for the mystique behind all things "ordinary," and with his ability to light up the simplest events with finely placed details. A must-read for anyone looking for anything serious in modern literature.

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