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Some Rain Must Fall: My Struggle Book 5 - Knausgaard (Hardback)
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Some Rain Must Fall: My Struggle Book 5 - Knausgaard (Hardback)

(author), (translator)
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Hardback 672 Pages / Published: 03/03/2016
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At twenty, Karl Ove moves to Bergen. As the youngest student to be admitted to the prestigious Writing Academy, he arrives full of excitement and writerly aspirations. Soon though, he is stripped of youthful illusions. His writing is revealed to be puerile and cliched, and his social efforts are a dismal failure. Awkward in company and hopeless with women, he drowns his shame in drink and rock music. Then, little by little, things take a brighter turn. He falls in love, gives up writing in favour of the steady rewards of literary criticism, and the beginnings of an adult life take shape. That is, until his self-destructive binges and the irresistible lure of the writer's struggle pull him back. In this fifth instalment of the My Struggle cycle, Karl Ove discloses his personal and often deeply shameful battles with introversion, alcohol abuse, infidelity and artistic ambition. Knausgaard writes with unflinching honesty to deliver the full drama of everyday life, in a breathless novel poised between a desperate yearning to be good, and the terrible power of transgression.

'It is as if we are not within the pages of this books but in his confidence.' - The Observer

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781846558276
Number of pages: 672
Weight: 1007 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 54 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Bracing, maddening and utterly compelling." -- Robert Collins * The Sunday Times *
"A tremendous, maddening, addictive, gripping" * Observer *
"The world's most-talked-about memoirist... Utterly compelling... Ultimately it is the detail of Knausgaard's outpouring that makes us realise, paradoxically, how unrecoverable and unknowable our past lives are." -- Andrew Neather * Evening Standard *
"It is a pen-and-paper virtual reality; after reading it you feel that another past has been downloaded into your mind." -- Laurence Scott * Financial Times *
"Breathtaking... Knausgaard has a rare talent for making everyday life seem fascinating" * The Times *
"For Knausgaard's obsessive fans, this cycle is the most exciting literary project of our times... Knausgaard is the most humane writer in the world... He writes beautifully... It is precisely in the commonness of the lovingly recorded details that these books spin their magic." -- Daniel Swift * Spectator *
"Raw, fast, improvisatory, unfettered. It's addictive high-wire writing in which he unflinchingly reveals everything about himself." * Shortlist *
"[Some Rain Must Fall] is Knausgaard at his best... It's a rare novelist who writes about student bars and the Happy Mondays at the same time as yearning for spiritual salvation." -- Max Liu * Independent *
"Part of Knausgaard's appeal is believability: his books may be called novels but we read them as memoirs. The meticulous detail seems to guarantee their authenticity... Childhood, sex, love, art, work and death are there too, writ small from his own perspective, but compellingly observed." -- Blake Morrison * Guardian *
"As joyful to read as bingeing on a TV box set" -- James Kidd * Independent *
"It's about a man in love with writing about himself, more or less, and goddamn if it isn't enthralling... It's bloody brill." -- Lucy Wood * Sugarscape *
"Reverberates with life's core questions... In its depiction of the torment of writer's block and a young adult's struggle to construct a sense of self, both on and off the page, it is brilliant." -- Anita Sethi * Mail on Sunday *
"This is a man trying to recapture his history in all its unheroic moments, to pay full attention to its life and the ordinary share of pain and beauty he's been accorded." * Times Literary Supplement *
"In Some Rain Must Fall he also shows a startling ability to re-create the world of his younger self, still unformed, his life path not mapped out, no literary success prefigured or expected." * Bookseller *

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