Title: BOYHOOD ISLAND: MY STRUGGLE: BOOK THREE - ...
Publisher: London, England: Harvill Secker, 2014
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 395 pages. Published in 2014. The third volume of the author's "My Struggle" six-volume novel. The translation is published in the United Kingdom as "Boyhood Island", and also as part of the British "My Struggle" six-volume cycle. It's the other way around in the United States, where "My Struggle" takes precedence over the individual volumes. Published in a regular first print run that sold out immediately after publication. The production values of the British Edition are superb and exemplary. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Karl Ove Knausgaard's "Min Kamp" Volume Three in a felicitous English translation. "Finds us in the sensuous realm of Karl Ove's childhood. It's the early 1970's and the family's trajectory: Upwardly mobile. The future seems limitless. In painstaking, sometimes self-lacerating detail, Knausgaard paints a world familiar to anyone who can recall the intensity and novelty of childhood experience, one in which children and adults lead parallel lives that never meet" (Publisher's blurb). What is the significance of, and why all the fuss behind, Karl Ove Knausgaard's "My Struggle"? It is the most full-fledged break from - and probably signals the end of - the mannerism, academicism, post-modernism, and all other pretentious and tired isms of our time. It announces the arrival of a major original voice in literature, writing without the crutch called "concept", in deceptively simple yet eloquent prose. It marks the rejection of our obsession with "celebrity lives", by focussing on the tiniest details of one man's ordinary life as well as deeply painful struggle. In sum, it represents, flaws and all, nothing less than the beginning of a new way of writing and possibly, a new era in literature. Time will tell if "My Struggle" is our century's response to Proust's "In Search of Lost Time" (1913-1927), as its most ardent admirers (and its publisher) assert that it is. An absolute "must-have" title for Karl Ove Knausgaard collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed, placed, and dated (in the year of publication) in blue pen on the title page by the author: "Edinburgh 10/8/14 Karl Ove Knausgaard". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. It should also be noted that this copy has his full signature, which is the way he signed the first three volumes of "My Struggle" when they first came out. Alas, sheer demand, his rock-star status, and time constraint have made Knausgaard resort to shorthand, an Ondaatje-like swirl of a signature, a drastic abbreviation especially evident in the bookplate-signed copies. This title is a great book. This is one of very few such signed, placed, and dated copies of the First British Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest novelists of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER KARL OVE KNAUSGAARD "MY STRUGGLE" TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1846557224. Bookseller Inventory # 20356
Synopsis: An autobiographical story of childhood and family from the international sensation and bestseller, Karl Ove Knausgaard.
A family of four ?-- mother, father and two boys ?-- move to Sørland, to a new house on a new estate. It is the early 1970s, the children are small, the parents young and the future open. But at some point that future happens to them; at some point the future closes.
The third book of the My Struggle cycle is set in a world where children and adults live parallel lives, ones that never meet. With insight and honesty, Karl Ove Knausgaard writes of a child?'s growing self-awareness, of how events of the past impact on the present, and of the desire for other ways of living and other worlds within what we know.
About the Author:
KARL OVE KNAUSGAARD's first novel, Out of the World, was the first ever debut novel to win The Norwegian Critics' Prize, and his second novel, A Time to Every Purpose Under Heaven, was widely acclaimed. A Death in the Family, the first of the My Struggle cycle of novels, received the prestigious Brage Award. The My Struggle cycle has been heralded as a masterpiece wherever it appears.
The six novels of the My Struggle cycle can be read independently or as one hugely ambitious project. This breathtaking cycle has been the greatest literary sensation in Norway in decades. The books have spurred a heated literary debate about the use of autobiographical elements in fiction, and about literary criticism in general. In addition to amazing reviews and several awards and nominations, this fascinating literary experiment has generated an enormous interest among journalists, critics and readers, resulting in hundreds of articles, commentaries, essays, blog posts and discussions.
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