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An international phenomenon, which has been declared a masterpiece everywhere it has been published. A searingly honest, addictive and controversial read.
In this utterly remarkable novel Karl Ove Knausgaard writes with painful honesty about his childhood and teenage years, his infatuation with rock music, his relationship with his loving yet almost invisible mother and his distant and unpredictable father, and his bewilderment and grief on his father's death. When Karl Ove becomes a father himself, he must balance the demands of caring for a young family with his determination to write great literature. In A Death in the Family Knausgaard has created a universal story of the struggles, great and small, that we all face in our lives. A profoundly serious, gripping and hugely readable work written as if the author's very life were at stake.
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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, A Time to Every Purpose Under Heaven, was widely acclaimed. A Death in the Family, the first of the My Struggle cycle of novels, was awarded the prestigious Brage Award. The My Struggle cycle has been heralded as a masterpiece wherever it appears.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
For the heart, life is simple: it beats for as long as it can. Then it stops. Sooner or later, one day, this pounding action will cease of its own accord, and the blood will begin to run towards the body’s lowest point, where it will collect in a small pool, visible from outside as a dark, soft patch on ever whitening skin, as the temperature sinks, the limbs stiffen and the intestines drain. These changes in the first hours occur so slowly and take place with such inexorability that there is something almost ritualistic about them...
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Book Description Harvill Secker, 2012. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111846554675
Book Description Harvill Secker (London), 2012. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. First U.K. edition. First printing. Hardbound. New/New. A pristine unread copy (without marks or bruises or smells or any other defect). Shipped in well padded box. Purchased new and never opened. SIGNED by author on title page. He has signed his name only (without inscriptions to any particular person). The first volume of his incredible 6-volume autobiographical novel. This copy is mint. Includes ticket from event where signing occured. The UK editions of this series have been prior to the US editions. You cannot find a better copy. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 06-2014-01