Reviews

  • Bracing, maddening and utterly compelling

    Robert Collins, The Sunday Times
  • Tremendous, maddening, addictive, gripping

    Observer
  • 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
  • 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

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