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Publication Order of My Struggle Books

My Struggle: Book 1 (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Struggle: Book 2 (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Struggle: Book 3 (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Struggle: Book 4 (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Struggle: Book 5 (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Struggle: Book 6 (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Seasons Quartet Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

A Time for Everything /A Time To Every Purpose Under Heaven (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Morning Star (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Out of the World (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wolves of Eternity (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Home and Away (With: Fredrik Ekelund) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
So Much Longing in So Little Space: The Art of Edvard Munch (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
In the Land of the Cyclops (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Why I Write Books

Devotion (By: Patti Smith) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Inadvertent (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
For Now (By: Eileen Myles) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The House of Being (By: Natasha Trethewey) (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

A Very Scandinavian Christmas: The Greatest Nordic Holiday Stories of All Time(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Karl Ove Knausgaard is a Norwegian novelist who is best known for his “Min Kamp” series of autobiographical novels.

Once he published the book in 2009, it spread like wildfire in Norway and then in the English-speaking world, where it captivated thousands of readers.

According to some critics, Karl Knausgaard stands up there only bested by Henrik Ibsen the world popular playwright. His minutely detailed and deliberately discursive style has also been often compared to that of Marcel Proust.
The author was born to an English nurse and teacher and grew up in southern Norway, in Kristiansand and the island of Tromoy.

In his teenage years, he had the misfortune of seeing his family disintegrate as his father overwhelmed by alcoholism moved back with his parents and his mother divorced him.

Even though it was a horrible thing to experience, he said that maybe it was the best thing since according to Knausgaard, his father was a demanding and brutal man who often belittled and humiliated him.

Like many from his time, Karl Ove Knausgaard attended the University of Bergen but he did not show any sign of greatness while at college.

In 1998, he published his debut novel “Out of the World,” which was so masterfully written that it would go on to win the Norwegian Critics’ Prize.

The work was structured in three sections and told the story of a teacher in his thirties, who falls for one of his students who is only thirteen years old.

His second work which was published in English as “A Time for Everything,” was even more complex and stranger than the first.

But Knausgaard would then get bored by fiction as he hated that life was presented as one organized and very neat package.

Moreover, he wished to leave the past behind with all its demons, and given that his first marriage to Tonje Aursland was irreparably broken, he left to go live in Stockholm.
In the Swedish capital, he married Linda Bostrom a Swedish author, and decided that he needed to tell the story of his own life in an attempt to find meaning.

Making use of real people and real events in his life, he began penning essay-like meditations and explorations of the details of his life, sometimes including his domestic activities.

Once he published “Min Kamp,” it quickly became his most popular work which has been called his Magnum Opus.

“The Morning Star,” the novel which Karl Ove Knausgaard published in 2020 was critically acclaimed all over Scandinavia, leading to the author being deemed one of the finest authors alive by reviewers from the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times.
Aside from his writing, he has also been involved in editing, and for three years between 1999 and 2002, he edited the Norwegian literary magazine “Vagant.”

During his time there, he conducted interviews with Norwegian authors such as Thure Erik Lund and Rune Christiansen and wrote essays about the writings of Dante such as “The Divine Comedy.”

Knausgaard is also the founder of “Pelikanen,” an eclectic and small publishing house that published several authors such as Stig Larsson, Denis Johnson, Curzio Malaparte, and Peter Handke.
He is now married to Michal Knausgaard his third wife and spends much of his time between Sweden and London.

“Min Kamp 1” by Karl Ove Knausgaard is the debut work of a six-part series that dives into the intimate details and trifles of the life of the author. The irony is that the author launches the novel about his life by digressing to talk about his death.
He meditates about seemingly endless musings, wanderings, and semi-pleasurable tales about his life in Norway during the 1980s.

He sets his novel upon two overarching narratives about how he came to terms with the death of his father who caused much chaos as an alcoholic, and his banal life as a youth, particularly his story about New Year’s Eve.
The work alternates between adulthood and adolescence as he talks about events that sprawl impression and topic.

He tells of how he was desperate in trying to win the hand of a crush, even as he dealt with the pain of the debris, decay, and remains left behind by his alcoholic father.

The author sporadically covers different ideas, providing a naturally harmonious and organic cadence. But beneath it all is the fact that we are all the same and despite lingering compunction and past misgivings, we all have the same destiny.

Karl Ove Knausgaard’s novel “Min Kamp 2” sees the author revisit the crushing realities and subtle intimacies of everyday life.

Just like the previous novel, it comes with the unwavering and confessional candor that magnifies the mundane and captures the essence of human emotion in showcasing the banality and profundity of life.
At the opening of the novel, Knausgaard and Linda his wife are in an idyllic setting and living what is a very ordinary life.

Even though his most recent novel has not done so well, he still engages in ordinary parental duties such as taking his kids to singing classes and to children’s parties.

With the story unfolding, Knausgaard interrogates himself following the death of his father at a time when he has just been divorced. He soon falls for a woman named Linda who becomes very important in how his life then unfolds.
Swaying between the present and the past, it captures the tumultuous journey of Knausgaard’s life and how he grows up to become an adult, as he palpably showcases all its pains and joys.

“Min Kamp 3” by Karl Ove Knausgaard tells the story of the author from his boyhood years as he began schooling, up to his preteen years. It is an eye-opening work of fiction that provides insights into life in Norway during those years.
Karl was then living in a home with his strict and competent disciplinarian father, an older brother, and a mother who could not have been more supportive and caring.

While His mother is an important figure in his life, she is not a strong figure herself. At this time, Knausgaard is fearful of his father who never cuts him any slack and is consistently rough when it comes to him.
Nonetheless both his mother and brother are positive influences, even though he spends much of his feelings and thoughts on relationships with his peers.

Before he turned into a teen, he loved the outdoors where he loved doing things with his friends as they engaged in all manner of mischief and had the usual setbacks and self-doubt.
His world and that of his friend are dominated by girls once they are old enough but underlying it all is a sensitivity that is sometimes markedly feminine.

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