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My Struggle: Book Six by Karl Ove Knausgaard

My Struggle: Book Six

My Struggle: Book Six by Karl Ove Knausgaard
Sep 18, 2018 | 1160 Pages
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    Sep 18, 2018 | 1160 Pages

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“…Knausgaard explores the various ways language can be leveraged for honest disclosure and tragic nationalism… and whether confessional style can be a force against propagandistic writing… [BOOK SIX] caps a remarkable achievement. For nearly 3,500 pages, Knausgaard has confessed, complained, reminisced, spouted off, made himself look ridiculous, and considered what it means to be candid, giving his life artistic shape while fighting against artifice. The book’s very existence has prompted eye-rolls; many of its pages do as well. But his all-in temperament richly rewards anybody who takes first-person writing seriously. A fittingly bulky end to a radical feat of oversharing.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“At last, the highly anticipated conclusion to Knausgaard’s six-part masterwork arrives in English…  perhaps most notable about Book Six is a 400-page examination of Hitler, Nazism, and the nature of evil, which draws parallels between Mein Kampf and My Struggle… This uncomfortable comparison simultaneously explodes the purview of what fiction can do while zeroing in on the unique concerns of his narrator. Perhaps the most compelling of this epic’s installments, and an undeniably impressive literary accomplishment.” Booklist, starred review

“The final book of Knausgaard’s six-volume masterpiece goes maximalist and metatextual, examining the impact that the autobiographical series has had on the author’s life and the lives of those around him…the rationale for his project comes into brilliant focus. This volume is a thrilling conclusion to Knausgaard’s epic series.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“What is perhaps most radical about reading the novel is the feeling of intimacy it creates. . . . Knausgaard’s virtuoso exposition of awkward everyday social interactions is unmatched in contemporary literature.” — Ben Streeter, World Literature Today

“The exhilaration of confession becomes the angst of remorse, the drunkenness of setting it all down in print becomes the hangover of seeing the book in stores. My Struggle is a monument to candor with few precedents in human history” — James Camp, Bookforum 

My Struggle is a magnificent hybrid.  It is literature unto itself—sui generis.  A unique accomplishment that demands to be read.  It is not a light read and yet it is not difficult to read. If you only have the time to commit to one book in the series, start with Book Six.  But the guarantee is that you will be hooked and start over with Book One.” — Washington Independent Review of Books

“My Struggle
 remains an awesome, or awing, achievement — a deeply personal, revealing work of self-reflection…there is no doubt that it is one the major literary works to have appeared so far in the twenty-first century.” — M.A.Orthofer, The Complete Review

“As Jeffrey Eugenides so marvelingly put it, [Knausgaard] broke the sound barrier of the autobiographical novel..There’s something primitive and hungry in that experience—and for me, sometimes, something spiritual, close to the experience of grace.” — Charles Finch, Slate

Previous reviews for the series:
   • ”Perhaps the most significant literary enterprise of our time.” The Guardian
   • ”Intense and vital… Knausgaard is utterly honest, unafraid to voice universal anxieties… Superb, lingering, celestial passages… [with] what Walter Benjamin called the ‘epic side of truth, wisdom’.” – James Wood, The New Yorker
   • ”My Struggle is candid and compulsively readable, with moments of searing insight and bold shifts through narrative time. Its scope is both ambitious and modest; its range aggressive and tender.” VICE
   • ”Why would you read a six-volume, 3,600-page Norwegian novel about a man writing a six-volume, 3,600-page Norwegian novel? The short answer is that it is breathtakingly good, and so you cannot stop yourself, and would not want to… Arrestingly beautiful.” – Leland de la Durantaye, The New York Times Book Review
   • ”With each subsequent book of his that is translated into English, Mr. Knausgaard continues to solidify his reputation as one of the most vital writers working today.” The Observer
   • ”My Struggle is unexpectedly entrancing – the combination of detail and intimacy creates an illusion of being inside somebody else’s brain… My Struggle is worth the, uh, struggle.” -GQ
   • ”Karl Ove Knausgaard. My Struggle. It’s unbelievable. I just read 200 pages of it and I need the next volume like crack.” -Zadie Smith
   • ”Knausgaard pushed himself to do something that hadn’t quite been done before. He broke the sound barrier of the autobiographical novel.” – Jeffrey Eugenides
   • ”By exposing every last detail of his life, Karl Ove Knausgaard became your favorite author’s new favorite author.” -Evan Hughes, The New Republic
   • ”If the function of literature is to take you out of your own life and involve you in someone else’s then My Struggle is literature… gripping.” The Sunday Times
   • ”A masterpiece of staggering originality, the literary event of the century… Life here and now, examined at a fever pitch, daily recollections recounted in exhausting but exhilarating detail.” The Wichita Eagle
   • ”So what is it that has led fellow authors to rave about Knausgaard and hail him as literary pioneer? The answer lies in the intensity of focus he brings to the subject of his life. He seems to punch a hole in the wall between the writer and reader, breaking through to a form of micro-realism and emotional authenticity that makes other novels seem contrived, ‘made up’, irrelevant… Whether he’s writing about his adult alienation at a toddler’s birthday party or the memory of trying to get hold of alcohol as a teenager on New Year’s Eve, Knausgaard is prepared to go into extraordinary sensuous detail… the overall effect is utterly hypnotic.” -Andrew Anthony, The Observer

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