Knausgård, Karl Ove

Knausgård or Knausgaard, Karl Ove, 1968–, Norwegian writer, b. Oslo grad. Univ. of Bergen. He is best known for his six-volume autobiographical work, Min Kamp (2009–11, tr. My Struggle, 2012–), which involves bleak revelations about himself, his family, and friends, all described in minute detail with minimal plot. The books received critical acclaim, and some compared them to works of Marcel Proust . Knausgård coedited (1999–2002) Vagant, a Norwegian literary magazine, and has also written fiction, including Ute av verden [out of the world] (1998) and En tid for alt (2004; tr. A Time for Everything, 2009). His Årstid encyklopedien [seasonal encyclopedia] (4 vol., 2015–16; tr. 2017– as Autumn, Winter, and Spring ), is addressed to his unborn daughter. In short pieces the first two describe the ordinary things and experiences of daily life; Spring records the more difficult mundane aspects of raising children.

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