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

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Paperback 496 Pages / Published: 07/03/2013
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'It's unbelievable... It's completely blown my mind' Zadie Smith 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. Shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Award.

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


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Strangely compelling" -- Bill Bailey * Daily Express *
"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 *
"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 *
"A scorchingly honest, unflinchingly frank, hyperreal memoir of the life of one man and his family" * Guardian *
"This first instalment of an epic quest should restore jaded readers to life" * Independent *
"As tense as any thriller yet without a jot of sensationalism" * Metro *
"Readers will be captured by Karl Ove's narrative intensity" * Times Literary Supplement *
"I think this is one of the best pieces of writing I've ever come across." * Farm Lane Books (literary blogger) *

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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

Paperback edition
3rd March 2015
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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

Paperback edition
16th June 2014
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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.
On... More

Paperback edition
13th May 2014
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