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Min kamp är Karl Ove Knausgårds mäktiga självbiografiska roman. Första delen inleds med en svepande beskrivning av varje människas slutpunkt, döden. Det är runt detta ofrånkomliga faktum boken kretsar, från barndom till vuxenhet.

I centrum står en far som i hela sitt liv agerat onåbar och omöjlig att förstå. När Karl Ove får beskedet om faderns död inleds ett sorgarbete so
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Hardcover, 1, 442 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by Nordstedts (first published 2009)
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Afonso It is unfair of you to consider not to read the book due to it's title. It has nothing to do with anti-semism, it simply refers to Karl's own personal…moreIt is unfair of you to consider not to read the book due to it's title. It has nothing to do with anti-semism, it simply refers to Karl's own personal fight, hence "min kamp". While I do agree that the choice of title seems to be a way to deliver some degree of shock, I don't believe you can make a complete and instant association with "Mein Kampf", let alone allow a biased, unfundamented opinion based on your ideals of political correctness keep you from reading the book or any other book for that matter.(less)
Maya Jurt Jake and MaryEllen: I read 1 to 4, and I am waiting for 5 to become available in pocket format.

You mean navel-gazing? Yes, it is. And that is the…more
Jake and MaryEllen: I read 1 to 4, and I am waiting for 5 to become available in pocket format.

You mean navel-gazing? Yes, it is. And that is the whole point. I think no writer has ever given such a total insight into his psyche and his development from boy to adult, and into his family background. Total honesty. No self-aggrandizement. It is life as it is in literary form, a social study of Norwegian and later Swedish society. I can't judge the Norwegian original, only the English translation which I find with less flaws than other translations of books from famous writers.
The title: the version I have is called "My struggle". If the Norwegians have no problem with "Min Kamp", that's fine with me.

Some passages are even poetic, and quite often humorous. There are difficult pages, most difficult his senseless drinking described in Dancing in the Dark (book 4). What he describes took place in 1986 when Knausgaard was 18 - a time when getting stone drunk on weekends was a favorite pastime for the youth of Scandinavia. I guess that has changed.
Karl Ove a very naive youth lacking confidence? Exactly. Even in 2016, we have boys growing up and feeling what he describes. It all depends on if we want to know about it.
If you have not found book 2 (A man in Love) more satisfying, then you should stop reading Knausgaard. Book 3 (Boyhood Island) is difficult to stomach - a father mistreating his child, and a child hating his father - and Book 4 (Dancing in the Dark) is indeed very dark.

Fortunately, Knausgaard is no Proust. Who reads Proust today? I read "À la recherche du temps perdu" in French (7 volumes often translated as "Remembrance of Things Past") You would be more bored than with Knausgaard. Proust is a man of the past, totally overrated today because of his influence on the literati of his time. Somerset Maugham called the novel the "greatest fiction to date". Fiction it was. But what Knausgaard describes is stark reality. And that is - for me - a rough diamond in the glittering world of fiction.(less)
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Manny
Aug 11, 2015 Manny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want to know what all the fuss is about
I sat, leaning slightly forward, and continued to stare at the screen, but I could think of nothing to say. I shifted my weight, trying to find a more comfortable position, and scratched my head, using my left hand; my right shoulder had still not completely recovered from the skiing accident I had suffered earlier that year, when for a few days I had felt near death. Now, it was hard to remember how I had experienced that time. A small shower of dandruff landed on the keyboard, and I wondered i ...more
Melanie
Mar 27, 2014 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first impression of Karl Ove Knausgaard came from a black and white photograph published with a review of his book "A Time For Everything" in The New York Review of Books.

He is seen smoking against the rugged Norwegian landscape, hair disheveled, wearing an old, battered tee-shirt, lost in thought. Completely and unabashedly himself, yet ill at ease. Entirely present, feet deeply rooted in the present moment, yet his mind is clearly in flight, flickering at the surface of his gaze.

The strikin
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Douglas
Jul 11, 2014 Douglas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Life's a pitch, as the old woman said. She couldn't pronounce her b’s.”

I’m not sure I can say much of anything about this work that hasn’t already been said. I still have several volumes to finish. The next one is nearly 600 pages, so in a way, I’m just getting started on this enterprise.

Perhaps the best I can do is to offer a few of my observations. All I keep thinking is that this is the best boring book I’ve ever read. I can’t believe how utterly boring it is and that I cared. Every detail
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brian
Dec 25, 2012 brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
that statistic about how often the average man thinks of sex? well, double it, change 'sex' to 'death' and you have a hint as to what's going on in my head. the thought that (spoiler) you, me, and everyone we know, ever will know, and/or ever will know of, will end up an inanimate object seems preposterously unfair and, conversely, is what drives me to live-it-the-hell-up in my pitifully brief time on this less-than-a-speck-of-dust in our expanding universe.

obsessed with death, a collector of d
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Geoff
Jun 07, 2015 Geoff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a sense of bewilderment at the utter banality that is the immediate surface of this project of Knausgaard’s that at first had me thinking “I’m not going to be able to see this book through” and questioning not only whether it was worth my time but actually was it worth his, all this writing? It was a genuine bewilderment because I was taken aback, flustered, and not a little annoyed that he seemed so casual in his approach, so utterly unconcerned with any kind of decoration, any kind of S ...more
Darwin8u
Book 1: A Death in the Family

"And death, which I have always regarded as the greatest dimension of life, dark, compelling, was no more than a pipe that springs a leak, a branch that cracks in the wind, a jacket that slips off a clothes hanger and falls to the floor."

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First, let me say something about this novel (and I'm assuming the next five novels) that is both simple and genius. This is a weird book. It captures the reader because it falls into a funky zone between memoir and fiction. He is te
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Nick Wellings
For some reason, My Struggle (AKA, in the UK - 'A Death in the Family') made it into James Wood's Books of the Year 2012. Woods is, like Kakutani, a doyen of critics, and his word always carries a weight of sensitivity and intelligence gained from years of reading and teaching about literature. With Woods' nodding imprimatur bestowed upon it one would imagine the literary cachet of Knausgard's book is beyond reproach.

But having read my Struggle (and boy, what a struggle) I fear for Mr. Wood's cr
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Jim Elkins
Apr 21, 2016 Jim Elkins rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: norwegian
This review has two postscripts. What follows is a negative review of vol. 1, which I read when it was first out in English; now "My Struggle" is famous, and subsequent volumes have attracted some reflective reviews. Thoughts on those at the end.

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It’s possible this book may be memorable. It has structural, narrative, and tonal problems that may, in the end, turn out to be strengths. I have no idea why it has gotten so many rave reviews, why it seems “like real life,” or why “the public have fa
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Stephen P
Nov 07, 2014 Stephen P rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Stephen by: Lee
Past the delicatessen I stopped at the shop window surrounded by the mob. Shouldering and pushing I made my way near the front. Standing near someone wearing too much perfume and someone not enough I located myself close by to see the desk, red writing blotter, the mirror attached across from him and the stack of books on the far side by the crook of his elbow. A store employee arrived with a clean glass ashtray. A cigarette dangled from the writers stained lips, yellowed teeth. Fingertips also ...more
Jim Coughenour
Aug 08, 2012 Jim Coughenour rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bleakfiction, memoir
For the heart, life is simple: it beats for as long as it can. Then it stops.

I'm not sure what to say about this book except that once I started reading I kept going for the next two days. A couple nights ago the current issue of The New Yorker popped up on my iPad; I idly scrolled to the review of this book by James Wood. I read only a few sentences then called Books Inc. They had a copy. I walked over and picked it up even though it was almost 10 pm – and started reading.

James Wood calls My St
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Marcello S
Jul 26, 2015 Marcello S rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Di cosa parla alla fine Knausgård? Beh, di un sacco di cose.

Gli amori adolescenziali, le prove con la band. Un padre inquieto e anaffettivo, una madre dolce e paziente. La festa di capodanno del 1985. Il quartiere residenziale e la vita di famiglia. Freddo e neve. Gli anni Settanta. Il rapporto indissolubile col fratello. I corsi di letteratura all’università e le riflessioni sull’arte. Alcool e brodaglie di caffè a fiumi. Una casa da pulire. E poi, appunto, la morte del padre, che occupa in buo
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Lee
Mar 17, 2016 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Within a week of each other my mother and a grad school friend recommended this to me, both calling it "up my alley," maybe because it's a literary autobiography unafraid of piling on detail and ripping off pages of dense, insightful exposition. I hadn't seen the James Wood review in The New Yorker (didn't skim it until after I wrote a draft of this review), but I've long been a lover of the look and feel of Archipelago's books and I'm an Anselm Keifer fan (there's a Keifer on the cover). Fictio ...more
Trish
I hadn’t really thought to read this despite it being “the” book of 2012, but I read the article he wrote for the March 1, 2015 NYT Sunday magazine, Part I(!) It was the funniest thing I’d ever read. Here is an author whose linked novel/memoirs has taken the literary world by storm and he is showing his utter unpreparedness for that world and the interactions it requires. I wanted to see if that tongue-in-cheek droll self-awareness was his constant subject.

As it turns out, his six-volume memoir
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Jessica
I spent a lot of time, especially at the beginning of this, wondering about why I personally swear to hate memoir, but then go ahead and fall in love with these autobiographical novels. I worry there's something vaguely misogynistic about this, since I tend (rightly or wrongly) to think of memoirists as mostly female and navel-gazey novelists as mostly male... And isn't the difference mostly just one of packaging? Maybe, maybe not. I think I take the point of a memoir to be a memoirist's persona ...more
James
Jan 09, 2014 James rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobiography
There is something beguiling about the way Knausgaard writes, and it was this beguilement that I found particularly vexing while reading the first volume of his memoir. The way he moved between narrative and hackneyed existential aside, discussing very banal things from his teenage years with no real symbolic foundation, the unmusical, often horrible snippets of dialogue (possibly an issue with the translation), and just the whole feel of an existential, self-pitying extravaganza that got increa ...more
Barry Pierce
The hype around these books is immense. I’ve been meaning to start them for months but now I’ve started and ugh I’d already ordered the second one while I was half-way through this one. I really liked this. Knausgaard is an insufferable, narcissistic arsehole and I love every fibre of his being. This book covers some of his teenage years and the death of his father. His prose is just fantastic and poetic and ugh you just want to bathe in it. I know already that I’m gonna love this series, I cann ...more
Declan
Apr 15, 2016 Declan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Difficult - no, impossible - when beginning a book like this to ignore the adulation the book has received and not accumulate some sense of expectation; to anticipate a worthwhile return for your reading time when the author has been described as the Proust of our age and critics breathlessly annunciate their drug-like dependence on the authors prose and implore us to join them in appreciating "a memoir that burns with the heat of life", one which is "close to a work of genius" . Given all that, ...more
Bill
May 13, 2013 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book is purportedly fiction, as evidenced by the fact that it won several european prizes for fiction. however, it seems like pretty much straight autobiography to me.

i mean the main character has the author's name, he was born in norway and moved to sweden, as did the author. he has a wife and three children, as does the author. at one point in the book, he describes the picture on the cover of his first novel, which was designed by his brother, so i checked and sure enough it really is th
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Yiannis Vasalakis
ΟΚ, έκλεισα επιτέλους το βιβλίο που τραβολογούσα μαζί μου στις διακοπές. Το τραβολογούσα στην πραγματικότητα: αφενός είναι γκουμούτσα, αφετέρου δεν τράβαγε με τίποτα από μόνο του.

Να εξηγηθώ από την αρχή: Ειλικρινά δεν μπόρεσα να καταλάβω για ποιο λόγο αυτό το βιβλίο έγινε μπεστ σέλερ και θεωρείται αριστούργημα από διάφορους. Έκανα μια αναζήτηση στο google για να δω τι διάλο είχα χάσει και έπεσα πάνω στην κριτική του Manny Rayner στο goodreads, η οποία είναι ό,τι πιο έξυπνο διάβασα σε σχολιασμό
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Matt
The indicator on the bottom of my Kindle shows 8% at location 808 in the book. There is certainly some country in the world where the number eight promises great misfortune. Not here. I look from my Kindle and see the bowl of fruit on the table in front of me. An apple and a pear, each one quartered, eight pieces total. Next to the bowl the tobacco pouch – Schwarzer Krauser, funny name for a Tobacco – and a lighter. Fruits and Tobacco. The Yin and the Yang for my body. Although my nose is about ...more
Ken
Jul 05, 2013 Ken rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is said that this book is a modern rendition of Proust's Remembrances, making me an untrustworthy narrator for this review as I've never read the French giant's magnum opus of life's minutiae. Yes, I have Lydia Davis's new translation of Proust, but no, I haven't mustered the courage -- yet. Reading Knaussgard's book won't help. Rather than inspire me to read Proust, it inspires me to read My Struggle: Book 2: A Man in Love, just released. Such is life.

If plot's the thing, this 440-pager is p
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somuchreading
Jul 08, 2015 somuchreading rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
οκ, δεν έχω ιδέα τι ακριβώς έχω διαβάσει εδώ και γιατί με επηρέασε τόσο πολύ το πρώτο βιβλίο του Αγώνα του Κνάουσγκορντ, μάλλον πρέπει να περάσει λίγο καιρός και να ξαναεπισκεφθώ τις αναμνήσεις μου από τούτο δω αργότερα

το μόνο σίγουρο είναι πως αποτελεί ό,τι πιο προσωπικό, πιο δυνατό, πιο μη βαρετό έχω διαβάσει εδώ και πολύ καιρό και πως περιμένω τα επόμενα μέρη με ανυπομονησία και βλέπω πια με άλλο μάτι το αναγνωστικό μου 2015
Malia
Dec 17, 2015 Malia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


"My Struggle" is Karl Ove Knausgaard's first book in the ambitious six part series, and one I had been hearing so much about in recent months that I finally decided to give it a try. As the title might suggest, this is not a comedy, so if you are struggling through a gray, bleak winter, stay well away!

Knausgaard is kind of like sharp cheese. At first you think you hate it, but then it's actually not bad at all. The first half of the book, he came across as arrogant and, keeping in mind that a ma
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Sara Y.
Al bar con Karl Ove Knausgård
Quand’è che ci rivediamo, Karl Ove? Mi sei piaciuto molto, l’altro giorno. Eravamo al bar e mi hai raccontato la tua vita, misurabile in cinquecentocinque pagine; mi hai fornito di qualche dettaglio abbastanza intimo, mi hai parlato soprattutto di tuo padre, di come in silenzio gli hai voluto bene. Ah, più volte mi hai detto che ti piace tanto David Bowie, questa è una cosa che abbiamo in comune, e hai anche detto di saper suonare Space Oddity: potremmo suonarla insi
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Stephen Durrant
Dec 25, 2013 Stephen Durrant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Karl Ove Knausgaard's six-volume autobiography/novel has now gone from being a best-seller in Norway to such notoriety elsewhere that Zadie Smith as written, "Everywhere I've gone this past year the talk, among bookish people, has been of this Norwegian" (NYR, Dec. 5, 2013: 16). Such talk is based upon the English translation of only the first two volumes of this work, with the remainder eagerly awaited. The obvious comparison, and one that several reviewers have drawn, is Proust. Yes, in terms ...more
Eddie Watkins
Sep 29, 2014 Eddie Watkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I set off with a sigh. Above me the entire sky had opened. What a few hours earlier had been plain, dense cloud cover now took on landscapelike formations, a chasm with long flat stretches, steep walls, and sudden pinnacles, in some places white and substantial like snow, in others gray and as hard as rock, while the huge surfaces illuminated by the sunset did not shine or gleam or have a reddish glow, as they could, rather they seemed as if they had been dipped in some liquid. They hung over th
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Stephen
Nov 07, 2012 Stephen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, btba-13
If only the rare poetic moments dazzled through the otherwise mundane narration more often, this would have been an unforgettable book for better reasons. Instead, it's largely filled with minutiae: passage after passage concerning largely obvious and irrelevant details of daily life that one doesn't see in truly good books. Any reader can imagine without being told that one pours coffee into a "clean cup" (pouring coffee into cups is perhaps the thing I will remember most about this book) or th ...more
Vanessa
Jan 15, 2016 Vanessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In A Death in the Family, the first book in Karl Ove Knausgård's My Struggle series (the translated title is quite unfortunate...), Knausgård reminisces on his childhood and teenage years spent with a loving yet absent mother, and an emotionally distant yet often cruel father. He also draws on his present (at the time of writing) where he is still learning how to be a good father to his three young children, and a good husband who is emotionally available.

I'll be honest, I'm not entirely sure wh
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
In my reading goals for 2015, I wanted to read some of these memoir-novels from other countries that have been translated into English and received great hype. The first I tackled was Elena Ferrante and the second is Karl Ove Knausgård. I actually checked this book out months ago and finally sat down to try it.

I knew a lot of people read this volume and then went immediately to read the rest. I don't think I will do it that way, although the story volume 2 covers may be lighter than this one (a
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S.

I finished this book standing in line at the market, thankful for the woman three customers ahead of me who was making a complicated beer purchase that gave me time to read. And of course standing in line in a stinky discount food market reminded me of a whole phase of my stinky childhood, and the woman reminded me of a close relative who passed her love affair with alcohol down the family line. But unlike Knausgaard, I’m not going to go there right now.

When the narrator is sitting in the kitch
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Nominated to the 2004 Nordic Council’s Literature Prize & awarded the 2004 Norwegian Critics’ Prize.

Karl Ove Knausgård (b 1968) made his literary debut in 1998 with the widely acclaimed novel OUT OF THE WORLD, which was a great critical and commercial success and won him, as the first debut novel ever, The Norwegian Critics' Prize. He has since received several literary prizes for his books.
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“For the heart, life is simple: it beats for as long as it can. Then it stops.” 137 likes
“Now I saw his lifeless state. And that there was no longer any difference between what once had been my father and the table he was lying on, or the floor on which the table stood, or the wall socket beneath the window, or the cable running to the lamp beside him. For humans are merely one form among many, which the world produces over and over again, not only in everything that lives but also in everything that does not live, drawn in sand, stone, and water. And death, which I have always regarded as the greatest dimension of life, dark, compelling, was no more than a pipe that springs a leak, a branch that cracks in the wind, a jacket that slips off a clothes hanger and falls to the floor.” 37 likes
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