I'm reading "My Struggle" right now, and it's great to see a writer, who has written a character driven novel, get such attention.
Karl Ove Knausgaard Brings His Struggle to Brooklyn
About 30 minutes before the start of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s event at the relatively small and narrow Community Bookstore in Park Slope on Wednesday, people packed the entire space in a scene more reminiscent of the calm before an indie-rock storm than an author appearance. Ezra Goldstein, an owner of the store, approached a microphone. “Don’t get excited,” he said. “This is just a sound check.”
Mr. Knausgaard, the Norwegian writer whose Proustian six-volume autobiographical novel, “My Struggle,” has become an unlikely hit (the third volume translated in English was released last week in the United States) is in New York for events with three high-profile peers. His first stop, a conversation with the novelist Nicole Krauss, was in Park Slope on Wednesday night. He will speak to Zadie Smith at McNally Jackson bookstore in SoHo on Thursday night, and to Jeffrey Eugenides at the New York Public Library on Friday.
When he started writing “My Struggle,” Mr. Knausgaard said during the interview on Wednesday, “I didn’t really know what my life was like.” He called the book “a search,” and said, “I didn’t find anything.”
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