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My Struggle: Book 4

By Karl Ove Knausgaard and Don Bartlett
My Struggle: Book 4 by Karl Ove Knausgaard and Don Bartlett digital book - Fable

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The fourth installment in the beloved, internationally celebrated My Struggle series from Karl Ove Knausgaard.

My Struggle: Book 4
finds an eighteen-year-old Karl Ove Knausgaard in a tiny fishing village in northern Norway, where he has been hired as a schoolteacher and is living on his own for the first time. When the ferocious winter takes hold, Karl Ove--in the company of the Håfjord locals, a warm and earthy group who have spent their lives working, drinking, and joking together in close quarters--confronts private demons, reels from humiliations, and is elated by small victories. We are immersed, along with Karl Ove, in this world--sometimes claustrophobic, sometimes serenely beautiful--where memories and physical obsessions burn throughout the endless Arctic winter. In Book 4, Karl Ove must weigh the realities of his new life as a writer against everything he had believed it would be.

"My Struggle: Book Four is an elegiac kind of comic novel, and it is pure Karl Ove Knausgaard. This is to say, it comprises intimate descriptions of daily life, descriptions that build to something improbably greater than the sum of their parts." --Dwight Garner, The New York Times

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“This book is just the right weight that it feels like holding a head in my hands, perhaps Knausgaard's. As many have said, reading these six volumes makes me feel like I know Knausgaard better than I could know any other person. Six volumes of personal musings, on everything from his childhood, youth, marriage, art, music, literature, philosophy, and history. A great maximalist internal narrative. Typical of his style, he moves from idea to idea fluidly. The sixth volume begins with the events of the publication of the first. Knausgaard sends manuscripts to everyone who is written about and offers to change names. His uncle Gunnar is upset by the portrayal of their family and threatens legal action. He discusses the impact of this series on his life and his family. He says that what we expect of great writers is that they express a unique "I" while representing the collective "we" which is an impossible contradiction. He discusses the "I" in literature at great length, including the work of Hamsun and Joyce. He talks about the work of several painters and a story by Borges. He says that Art is unique and local. It can never be recreated because it is fixed in time and place by an individual's expression. He phrases many of his discussions around a scale of human identity moving from the impersonal "it", the body, to the personal "I" to the personal "we" to the impersonal "we", the masses. He discusses the life of Hitler at great length. Apparently this is not much biography of Hitler that doesn't paint an evil pictures of him from birth to death, which is a kind of narrowing of discourse to one person, putting all the blame for the atrocities of the Holocaust on one evil person. What Knausgaard tries to do is look at Hitler's life as well as the historical, cultural, and political situation in Europe that Hitler grew up in, that allowed for him to become what he became and do what he did, which is relevant now in our time of wavering democracy.”

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.

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