Title: DANCING IN THE DARK: MY STRUGGLE: BOOK FOUR ...
Publisher: London, England: Harvill Secker, 2015
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 395 pages. Published in 2015. The fourth volume of the author's "My Struggle" six-volume novel. The translation is published in the United Kingdom as "Dancing In The Dark", 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 as a hardcover original only. Should not be confused with abundant copies that are signed on the publisher's bookplate, which is presented as a tipped-in page. Presents Karl Ove Knausgaard's "Min Kamp" Volume Four in a felicitous English translation. 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 black pen-marker on the title page by the author: "Chicago 29/4/16 Karl Ove Knausgaard". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in bookplate page that most signed copies of the British Edition are. Knausgaard finally made his much-anticipated Chicago debut as the "headline" artist of the Chicago Humanities Festival 2016. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the (very beautiful) Souvenir Program of the Festival. 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. Please note: Sheer demand, his rock-star status, and time constraint have made Knausgaard resort to an Ondaatje-like swirl of a signature. So the more he leaves of himself on the page (such as the place and date), the more collectible the signed copy is from here on out. The line at his Chicago appearance was massive, requiring crowd control. The organizer effort to restrict copies (to the American Editions) was gallantly overruled by Knausgaard himself. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest novelists of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER KARL OVE KNAUSGAARD "MY STRUGGLE" TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1846557240. Bookseller Inventory # 20357
Synopsis: The fourth part of a sensational literary cycle that has been hailed as "perhaps the most important literary enterprise of our times." (Rachel Cusk, Guardian)
18 years old and fresh out of high school, Karl Ove Knausgård moves to a tiny fisherman's village far north of the polar circle to work as a school teacher. He has no interest in the job itself -- or in any other job for that matter. His intention is to save up enough money to travel while finding the space and time to start his writing career. Initially everything looks fine: He writes his first few short stories, finds himself accepted by the hospitable locals and receives flattering attention from several beautiful local girls.
But then, as the darkness of the long polar nights start to cover the beautiful landscape, Karl Ove's life also takes a darker turn. The stories he writes tend to repeat themselves, his drinking escalates and causes some disturbing blackouts, his repeated attempts at losing his virginity end in humiliation and shame, and to his own distress he also develops romantic feelings towards one of his 13-year-old students. Along the way, there are flashbacks to his high school years and the roots of his current problems. And then there is the shadow of his father, whose sharply increasing alcohol consumption serves as an ominous backdrop to Karl Ove's own life style.
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, 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.
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