Rave reviews for Karl Ove Knausgård

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Knausgård’s hugely anticipated third novel, My Struggle - First Book , has received excellent reviews by the Norwegian press. The first of a total of six novels, it examines the writer Karl Ove Knausgård’s struggle to master life, himself and his own literary ambitions.

"Complex, abundant, shocking"
(Aftenposten)

" My Struggle - First Book is an amazing novel."
(Dagsavisen)

"A rare achievement. No one in his generation equals Karl Ove Knausgård's combination of talent, style, observational skills and original thinking."
(Dagens Næringsliv)

"entirely exceptional skills as a story teller"
(Dagbladet)

"This novel is an extremely strong and agonizing story"
(NRK)

"A triumph of a novel. (...) A Norwegian Proust?"
(Vårt Land)

“I believe the first volume of My Struggle is an “instant classic” in Norwegian literature.”
(Dagbladet, commentary)

“Knausgård dares, and manages, to write about his subject as if he is the first ever to write about it.”
(Morgenbladet)

My Struggle is an enormously extensive, well written exposure of the writer's private life and an existensial literary experiment unparalleled in Norwegian literature"
(Klassekampen)

”Impressing (...) In My Struggle - First Book, Knausgård challenges literary conventions in a way that really makes you look forward to the remaining volumes"
(Bergens Tidende)

”Stylistically, Knausgård is a champion in Norwegian literature"
(Fædrelandsvennen)

”An exceptional self exposing novel"
(Stavanger Aftenblad)

”the most original and promising Norwegian writer of his generation"
(Adresseavisen)

”Nobody writes better in Norway right now"
(ABC Nyheter)

"An unparalleled work in Norwegian literature"
(Moss Avis)

Knausgård’s penetrating prose and relentless self-examination seeks out the vulnerable, the embarrassing and the existentially significant in order to get as close to one person’s experience of reality as possible. My Struggle is a great literary accomplishment in more than one sense: It is published as six novels, the first three to be released this autumn, the remaining three next spring.

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