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Spring

By Karl Ove Knausgaard
Spring by Karl Ove Knausgaard digital book - Fable

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Spring features Knausgaard unbound, writing for the first time without a gimmick or the crutch of extravagant experimentation…Fall in love with the world, he enjoins, stay sensitive to it, stay in it.”
-The New York Times

"Poignant and beautiful…Even if you think you won’t like Knausgaard, try this one and you’ll get him and get why some of us have gone crazy for him."

Los Angeles Review of Books

You don’t know what air is, and yet you breathe. You don’t know what sleep is, yet you sleep. You don’t know what night is, yet you lie in it. You don’t know what a heart is, yet your own heart beats steadily in your chest, day and night, day and night, day and night.

 
So begins Spring, the recommencement of Knausgaard’s fantastic and spellbinding literary project of assembling a personal encyclopedia of the world addressed directly to his newly born daughter. But here Knausgaard must also tell his daughter the story of what happened during the time when her mother was pregnant, and explain why he now has to attend appointments with child services. In order to keep his daughter safe, he must tell a terrible story, one which unfolds with acute psychological suspense over the course of a single day.
 
Utterly gripping and brilliantly rendered in Knausgaard’s famously sensitive, pensive, and honest style, Spring is the account of a shocking and heartbreaking familial trauma and the emotional epicenter of this singular literary series.

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8 Reviews

4.5
“Knausgaard continues his series of short memoirs dedicated to his daughter. In this volume he takes us through a day in his life when she is an infant. His maximalist eye for connecting the mundane external to the complex internal is well-balanced as we're taken through the events of the day and memories that they evoke. The story of his wife's mental illness during and after her pregnancy is very touching and sympathetic.”
“Written in a completely different style, Knausgaard continues his letters to his daughter by telling her a story. The story is true and describes a terrifying time for what is and would be her future, immediate family and Knausgaard does this in order to prepare her and to protect her. It is a cutting, beautiful piece.”
“truly brilliant and achingly beautiful.”

About Karl Ove Knausgaard

Karl Ove Knausgaard’s first novel, Out of the World, was the first ever debut novel to win the Norwegian Critics’ Prize and his second, A Time for Everything, was widely acclaimed. The My Struggle cycle of novels has been heralded as a masterpiece wherever it has appeared, and the first volume was awarded the prestigious Brage Prize.

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