Reviews

  • "Fires every nerve ending while summoning in the reader the sheer sense of how amazing it is to be alive"

    Jeffrey Eugenides, New York Times
  • "A work of genius"

    Ben Lerner, London Review of Books
  • "Beautifully human... Being drawn into his world is an ineluctable pleasure"

    Melissa Katsoulis, The Times
  • "It has strong claim to be the great literary event of the twenty-first century"

    Guardian
  • "Why would you read a six-volume, 3,600 page Norwegian novel about a man writing a six-volume, 3,600 page novel? The short answer is that it is breathtakingly good and so you cannot stop yourself, and would not want to"

    New York Times Book Review
  • "It's unbelievable...I need the next volume like crack. It's completely blown my mind"

    Zadie Smith
  • "Knausgaard perfectly captures the heady mixture of elation and confusion to be found in late adolescence... My Struggle remains addictive, intensely funny and intensely serious. Like the young man here portrayed, it is "full to the brim with energy and life""

    Times Literary Supplement
  • "At the end of this bittersweet stint in the far north, translated again with both dynamism and delicacy by Don Bartlett, the last track invoked happens to be that talisman of the late John Peel: “Teenage Kicks” by The Undertones. For all its manic overdub of detail, Dancing in the Dark delivers a knockout kick"

    Boyd Tonkin, Independent
  • "The narrator may be intellectually earnest, an aesthete who mediates on the sublime, but he is also a hapless fool, prone to Chaplinesque pratfalls. In exposing himself as a bundle of contradictions, Knausgaard allows us to see ourselves...it works wonderfully well"

    Blake Morrison, Guardian