A Death in the Family: My Struggle Book 1 - My Struggle (Paperback)
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A Death in the Family: My Struggle Book 1 - My Struggle (Paperback)

(author), (translator)
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Paperback 496 Pages / Published: 07/03/2013
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One of the Guardian's 100 Best Books of the 21st Century, an addictive and searingly honest novel about childhood, family and grief

Karl 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.

When Karl Ove becomes a father himself, he must balance the demands of caring for a young family with his determination to write great literature. Knausgaard has created a universal story of the struggles, great and small, that we all face in our lives. A profound and mesmerizing work, written as if the author's very life were at stake.

'It's unbelievable... It's completely blown my mind' Zadie Smith

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099555162
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 360 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
[A Death in the Family] should be read for its blazing account of a feared father set on self-destruction, the boredom and bewilderment of adolescence, and its flashes of sheet brilliance -- Catherine Taylor * i *
A masterpiece... Meticulously detailed, harrowing, oddly beautiful, its depiction of a family's disintegration is one of the most powerful pieces of writing I've read in years * Observer, Books of the Year *
The best book I read this year...full of artistic, moral and technical daring * Guardian, Books of the Year *
Intense and vital...ceaselessly compelling...superb * New Yorker *
This suburban epic, electrifying in candour and eloquence, feels streets ahead of the comparable Jonathan Franzen * Independent, Books of the Year *
Incredibly moving * Irish Times, Books of the Year *

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“A brave and immersive book”

This is a forensic fictionalised account of part of the author's adolescence, and of coping with his father's death and its dispiriting and degrading aftermath. There's a mass of detail here, together... More

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“Introspective”

A bit of a curate's egg, but rather too introspective even for my liking. There are some good descriptive passages, particularly those that give a sense of how the snow pervades everything in Norway. Being of a... More

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Ilona

“Uninteresting”

I`m not sure how I really feel about this book. I`ve never been too keen on autobiographies and this novel is certainly that. I was given this book to review, but most probably I wouldn`t of picked it up myself.
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