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"[Book 2] sears the reader because Knausgaard is a passionate idealist [who] wants to fight the conformity and homogeneity of modern bourgeois existence." —James Wood, The New Yorker
In the second installment of Karl Ove Knausgaard's monumental six-volume masterpiece, the character Karl Ove Knausgaard moves to Stockholm, where, having left his wife, he leads a solitary existence. He strikes up a deep friendship with another exiled Norwegian, a Nietzschean intellectual and boxing fanatic named Geir. He also tracks down Linda, whom he met at a writers' workshop a few years earlier and who fascinated him deeply.
My Struggle: Book 2 is at heart a love story—the story of Karl Ove falling in love with his second wife. But the novel also tells other stories: of becoming a father, of the turbulence of family life, of outrageously unsuccessful attempts at a family vacation, of the emotional strain of birthday parties for children, and of the daily frustrations, rhythms, and distractions of city life keeping him from (and filling) his novel.
It is a brilliant work that emphatically delivers on the unlikely promise that many hundreds of pages later readers will be left breathlessly demanding more.
About Karl Ove Knausgaard
Karl Ove Knausgaard was born in Norway in 1968. My Struggle has won countless international literary awards and has been translated into more than fifteen languages.
Don Bartlett has translated dozens of books of various genres, including several novels and short story collections by Jo Nesbø and It's Fine by Me by Per Petterson. He lives in Norfolk, England.
Other books by Karl Ove Knausgaard
In the Land of the CyclopsKarl Ove Knausgaard and Martin Aitken and Ingvild Burkey and Damion Searls
A Very Scandinavian ChristmasHans Christian Andersen and Hjalmar Söderberg and Selma Lagerlöf and Ingvar Ambjørnsen and August Strindberg and Johan Krohn and Karl Ove Knausgaard and Hans Aanrud and Vigdis Hjorth and O. E. Rölvaag and Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe and Zachris Topelius
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young ManJames Joyce and Karl Ove Knausgaard and Seamus Deane and Roman Muradov
Other books by Don Bartlett
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