Reviews

  • "This book gets to places that conventional art history has long been too sheepish to explore."

    Mail on Sunday
  • "This is an affecting…book… Knausgaard’s charm gradually takes hold. He brings a refreshing — at times comical — naivety to the rarefied art world."

    Financial Times
  • "Although a fine primer on Norwegian painter Edvard Munch, this book is more about the experience of wandering into the world of art and being consumed by its confluence of history, narrative, and sublimity... Fans of the author's acclaimed autobiographical novels will find this book to be of Rosetta Stone-like importance as he delves into Munch's exploration of memory and how the artist rendered the past in a way that still feels both intimate and universally relatable . . . An immersive, impassioned history that illuminates both subject and author."

    Kirkus
  • "So Much Longing in So Little Space – which has its roots in an exhibition that Knausgaard curated at Oslo’s Munch Museum in 2017 – succeeds on its own terms as a searching, shrewd and jargon-free interpretation of the artist’s art and life. Knausgaard writes clearly and candidly, as a fellow-pilgrim partnering the reader through Munch’s inner landscape rather than a preacher or teacher. Ingvild Burkey’s fine translation carries that unpretentious intimacy into English with total assurance."

    The Arts Desk
  • "A philosophical meditation on the nature of art and the self. A pretty huge exception. Unmoored from the show [it was originally written for], the book takes off"

    Spectator