By Karl Ove Knausgaard
"Intense and important. . . . the place many modern writers could reflexively flip to irony, Knausgaard is extreme and totally sincere, unafraid to voice common anxieties. . . . the necessity for totality . . . brings fantastic, lingering, celestial passages. . . . He wishes us to inhabit he ordinariness of lifestyles, that is occasionally bright, occasionally banal, and infrequently momentous, yet it all perforce traditional since it occurs during a lifestyles, and occurs, in numerous varieties, to every person. . . . The concluding sentences of the ebook are placid, undeniable, completed. they've got what Walter Benjamin referred to as 'the epic part of fact, wisdom.'"—James wooden, the recent Yorker"Ruthless beauty."—Aftenposten"This first installment of an epic quest may still repair jaded readers to life."—The Independent"Between Proust and the woods. Like granite; detailed and forceful. extra genuine than reality."—la Repubblica (Italy)Having left his first spouse, Karl Ove Knausgaard strikes to Stockholm, Sweden, the place he leads a solitary life. He moves up a deep friendship with one other exiled Norwegian, a Nietzschean highbrow and boxing enthusiast named Geir. He additionally tracks down Linda, whom he met at a writers' workshop many years prior and who involved him deeply.Book is at center a love story—the tale of Karl Ove falling in love along with his spouse. however the novel additionally tells different tales: of changing into a father, of the turbulence of kinfolk lifestyles, of outrageously unsuccessful makes an attempt at a family members holiday, of the emotional pressure of birthday events for kids, and of the day-by-day frustrations, rhythms, and distractions of Stockholm protecting him from (and filling) his novel.