An electrifying honest and autobiographical love story from the international sensation and bestseller, Karl Ove Knausgaard.
'It's unbelievable. I just read 200 pages of it and I need the next volume like crack. It's completely blown my mind' Zadie Smith via Twitter on My Struggle Book 1
This is a book about leaving your wife and everything you know.
It is about fresh starts, about love, about friendship. 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.
This is a book about one man's life but, somehow, about everyone else's too.
A Man in Love , the second book of six in the My Struggle cycle, sees Knausgaard write of tempestuous relationships, the trials of parenthood and an urge to create great art. His singular insight and exhilarating honesty must be read to be believed.
Read Caroline Baum's Review
Karl Ove Knausgaard puts himself under the microscope with an honesty that will make you wince, laugh, cry. Unsparing, unflattering bare-bones prose - think of him as a male Scandinavian Helen Garner and you sort of get the idea.
Volume One is about his alcoholic father, Volume Two takes a scalpel to his marriage and own experience of fatherhood. His willingness to expose his vulnerabilities and flaws while examining what it means to be a man here and now has the grittiness of a black and white documentary as he tracks his interior malaise, guilt and inadequacy.
Despite what some may think, this is not an extended exercise in narcissism (there are four more volumes to be translated into English!) but a really remarkable project, a voyage into the interior full of stark and uncomfortable truths.
About the Author
Karl Ove Knausgaard's first novel, Out of the World, was the first ever debut novel to win The Norwegian Critics' Prize. His second novel, A Time to Every Purpose Under Heaven, was widely acclaimed. A Death in the Family was awarded the prestigious Brage Award, and is being heralded as a masterpiece wherever it appears.
"A stunningly eloquent set of reflections on masculinity, domesticity and the artist's itch to escape" -- Boyd Tonkin Independent "Punishingly honest record of the triumphs and banalities of his own life" -- Tim Martin Telegraph "My favourite book of the year... He has the ability to make the small details of his life fascinating" -- William Leith Spectator "A brutally honest self-examination in what feels like real time" -- Justine Jordan Guardian Online "Karl Ove Knausgaard's six-volume autobiographical novel My Struggle is one of the most absorbing literary projects of recent times, one that has seen the Norwegian writer dubbed the Scandinavian Proust" -- Stephen Romei Spectator "Packed with existential angst and fierce insights" Big Issue in the North "Required reading for new fathers" -- Richard Godwin Evening Standard "A stunningly eloquent set of reflections on masculinity, domesticity and the artist's itch to escape" Independent
Number Of Pages: 672
Published: 1st October 2013
Publisher: Random House
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.3 x 3.5
Weight (kg): 0.39