An exhilarating story of ambition, joy and failure in early manhood from the international phenomenon, Karl Ove Knausgaard
As the youngest student to be admitted to Bergen’s prestigious Writing Academy, Karl Ove arrives full of excitement and writerly aspirations. Soon though, he is stripped of his youthful illusions. His writing is revealed to be puerile and clichéd, and his social efforts are a dismal failure. He drowns his shame in drink and rock music.
Then, little by little, things begin to change. He falls in love, gives up writing 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.
‘Breathtaking… Knausgaard has a rare talent for making everyday life seem fascinating’
Bracing, maddening and utterly compelling
Tremendous, maddening, addictive, gripping
It is a pen-and-paper virtual reality; after reading it you feel that another past has been downloaded into your mind
Breathtaking... Knausgaard has a rare talent for making everyday life seem fascinating
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
Raw, fast, improvisatory, unfettered. It’s addictive high-wire writing in which he unflinchingly reveals everything about himself
[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
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
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
"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."
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