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Friday, August 8, 2014

Karl Ove Knausgaard interview (LA Review of Books)

Great interview with  Karl Ove Knausgaard who's written a very autobiographical novel of some 3500 pages, published in 6 volumes. I've read book one and am now on book two. Really good.

What makes the book so hypnotic is both its size and its apparent elasticity. In approximately 3,600 pages, Knausgaard chronicles his own transition from boyhood to adulthood, including meditations on death, marriage, art, and children. The book is so expansive that it manages to include a 400-page essay on Hitler as well as lengthy, detailed descriptions of daily routine. His readers have stood by in silence, like the best of friends, as Karl Ove made a standard midweek meal, flicked the lamp on, smoked a cigarette. Whose preferences for cleaning products do you know other than your mother’s, your lover’s, your own? If you’ve read Book One, you also know Karl Ove’s.