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(Årstidsencyklopedien #2)

3.8  ·  Rating details ·  1,082 Ratings  ·  148 Reviews
Winter, written to introduce his youngest daughter to the wonders of life, is one of the most profoundly moving and beautiful of Karl Ove Knausgaard's beloved works. While it stands alone for readers, it is also the exquisitely interwoven, second volume of the Seasons quartet--his new landmark literary project: written by a father to his unborn child.

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Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Published January 23rd 2018 by Knopf Canada (first published November 1st 2015)
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Adam Dalva
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An effective, often moving continuation of his excellent Autumn, as Knausgaard continues to write brief pieces to his unborn daughter, trying to explain the world one word at a time. As with the first book in this quartet, there is a pre-occupation with the elemental aspects of humanity, as the author explores why we have retreated inside as a species, and how we perceive infinity. In this philosophic bent, the book has as much to do with his underrated masterpiece A TIME FOR EVERYTHING as it do ...more
"Winter has almost no self-confidence after the triumph of summer and autumn's resolute clean up that followed, for what is winter, with its snowfalls and its icing of the waters, other than a cheap conjurer?"
- Karl Ove Knausgård, Winter


I'm definitely a Knausgård fan. I love his observations. I love his energy. I love his prose. He isn't always perfect, but he is constantly pushing and exploring. This book is book 2 in his Årstidsencyklopedien (Seasonal Encyclopedia) Series. Winter or Om vintere
Jenny (Reading Envy)
This is the second volume in the four-season set of "Season Encyclopedias," where the author writes an essay about a one-word object/topic/concept, in one sitting. They vary in seriousness and theme, and I think the seasons sometimes effect the essays and sometimes they don't. Still, I started reading Winter when we had a snow day, because it seemed the closest I could get to Norwegian weather.

The object/nature/concept essays are interspersed with letters to his unborn/born daughter, because sh
My favorite of the three Knausgaard books I’ve read so far, and miles better than Autumn. These short essays successfully evoke the sensations of winter and the conflicting emotions elicited by family life and childhood memories. The choices of topic in Autumn (“Toilet Bowls,” “Vulva”) were often so peculiar that I didn’t know what they were doing there, but I think I see now what Knausgaard was trying to do. This series is, loosely, a set of instruction manuals for his unborn daughter, who is b ...more
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
More of the same, maybe not as tight, definitely not as novel as the first installment Autumn, the significance feels forced at times, the whole project like practice runs, exercises, but still I enjoy reading it for the world evoked and system of associations — will read the remaining two seasons as soon as they appear. Here's a quotation toward the end that summarizes the thematic dealio throughout: ". . . most of all it probably has to do with the dynamics between the visible and the hidden, ...more
Winter is Karl Ove’s season! His imagination cuts loose in this second volume of his Seasonal Encyclopedia. The writing is whimsical, at times fantastic, hilarious or joyful, while not losing his ruminating voice or his confrontations with mortality and eternity.

There’s a sweetness to many stories involving his children and his own childhood memories, snowfall, Christmastime festivities with their blessing/curse of houseguests, and the birth of his daughter. Maybe especially because of her birt
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I'd be surprised to see much variation in other readers' takes on Karl Ove's Autumn vs. Karl Ove's Winter. More of the same. Some weaker, some stronger, some just ordinary Karl, our favorite have-a-beer-with guy (and please don't smoke).

Only the conceit of writing these to his unborn daughter disappears about 3/4ths through, as the little one is born on 28 January. This means that Spring (which has already sprung, I believe, in Europa) will be essays written to his infant daughter, and Summer ta
Oct 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Winter by the Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard is the second in his series of essays and letters written to his unborn daughter. Knausgaard is well known for his six volume biography My Struggle. His writing breaks all 'rules' about writing, and is spontaneous, unstudied, often confessional, and sometimes mundane. 

In almost daily meditations over December, January, and February, the author wrote about whatever was on his mind. Owls, Christmas, people he knows, the mythical legend Loki, and e
Didde Elnif
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jeg valgte at høre Om Vinteren som lydbog på norsk, og det kan kun anbefales. Den er letforståelig, og det tilføjer en poesi og tone, der højner bogens indhold. Formen er den samme som Om Høsten (se beskrivelsen nedenfor), men jeg blev bekræftet i, at det er de personlige prosastykker (dem, der minder mest om Min Kamp), der taler mest til mig.

Om Høsten består af encyklopædiske prosastykker. Og hvis man ikke forventer andet, så er den en fornøjelse at læse. Hvorimod, hvis man forventer Min Kamp
Stephen Durrant
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Karl Ove Knausgaard’s talent is to hold the reader’s attention even as he writes about the small, mundane aspects of life in great detail. As I read his “My Struggle” volumes, I kept asking myself why they were for me so intoxicating. While it is not entirely satisfying, the only answer I could find was that he has an ability to defamiliarize, to portray even the most common event or thing in a new light. Knausgaard’s “Winter,” part of his new seasons “quartet,” underlines this talent. In short ...more
Nikki Spoelstra
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, wat geniet ik van deze seizoenenreeks. Op naar het derde deel: 'Lente'.
Miguel Duarte
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Karl Ove Knausgård alcançou fama mundial quando se dispôs a narrar a sua vida, com um registo híbrido entre memória e ficção, num conjunto de livros ao qual deu o nome de A Minha Luta. Com uma totalidade de seis volumes e cerca de três mil páginas – quatro dos volumes estão já publicados em português, pela Relógio d’Água – este projecto chocou o mundo, ou parte dele, pelo menos, pela forma como o norueguês não poupou qualquer detalhe nem ninguém aos seus r
Mar 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terwijl ik de 'mijn strijd'-reeks niet vervolledigde trekt deze seizoensreeks me wel aan. Knausgard (waar is dat a-tje met dat bolletje als je het nodig hebt) heeft een onovertreffelijk observatievermogen als het om dingen in ons dagelijks leven gaat die we als zo vanzelfsprekend zijn gaan zien dat ze niets apart meer vormen.
Zo schrijft hij in dit boek opnieuw over natuurelementen, chemische processen en het heelal, maar evengoed over menselijke aspecten, lichaamsdelen, dinosaurussen van zielen
Michael Bohli
Onkel Knausgård gelangt bei seiner Welterklärung im kalten Winter an – und scheint durch die Geburt seiner jüngsten Tochter etwas den Fokus zu verlieren. "Im Winter" ist zwar weiterhin eine berührende Sammlung von kurzen Texten, die grosse und kleine Dinge in unserem Leben fassbar machen und beschreiben, irgendwie wollte der Funken dieses Mal aber nicht so richtig rüberspringen. Gewisse Momente wirkten etwas belanglos, andere waren Wiederholungen für mich als Leser seiner autobiographischen Reih ...more
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I’m becoming a bit obsessed with the works of Karl Ove Knausgaard. I very much enjoyed this second book in his seasonal quartet. This time, the letters to his unborn and then newborn daughter were among my favorite parts. My favorites of the essays were “Rooster,” “Operation,” “Birthday,” “Sugar,” and “Conversation.” I think the first My Struggle book is up next.
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I definitely enjoyed this more than Autumn, even though the words chosen for this installment are less original and inspiring than the ones in the first volume. The ones in which we have a peak at Knausgård as a father are the most accomplished, such as Father Christmas, where he and a friend dress up as Santa Claus to surprise their respective children, Nikolai Astrup, where he and his family visit his mother in north-west Norway, Setting Limits, where he reflects on the necessity for parents t ...more
Dec 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Když Karl Ove naservíroval 6x svíčkovou, tak teď nemůže přijít s knedlíkama s vajíčkem. Bohužel ale přesně o to se tu snaží. Očividně po dopsání Jeho boje zjistil, že nemůže jen tak přestat psát a tak pokračuje s další kvadrologií pojmenováné podle ročních období, kterou věnuje své nenarozené dceři. Počet stránek je však výrazně nižší.

Pořád je to Knausgård, ale už to občas trochu přehání, tak například celou jednu kapitolu kouká na skříň a přemejšlí z čeho se skládá. Po přečtení všech dílů přede
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Mijn gevoelens schieten alle kanten op, slaan tegen de muren van mijn innerlijk. Dat gebeurt alleen als de balans tussen mij en andere mensen is verstoord. Als iemand iets wil en ik nee zeg. Of als mensen nee zeggen en ik toch mijn zin doordrijf. Ik probeer het allebei te vermijden, zowel het nee zeggen als mijn zin doordrijven. Dat is zwakte, zo gevoelig zijn voor andermans wil dat je die niet durft te trotseren." (p. 157) Voor mij heel herkenbaar.
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tämä oli vielä parempi kuin edellinen osa, Syksy, joka sekin oli loistava. Teos on monipuolisuudessaan aarreaitta: on hauskoja, vakavia, henkilökohtaisia, yleisiä ja monen muun laisia kirjoituksia. Sitä voi lukea hitaasti, tekstin kerrallaan aina kun ehtii tai sitten kerralla antautuen täysin Knausgårdin ajatusten maailmaan. Tähän kirjaan palaan vielä monta kertaa.
M. Sarki

…We are at each other’s mercy…

As much as I respect Knausgård as a writer, there is something in this series that does not connect with me. The confessional tone, the bleeding of his personality all over the page that initially endeared me to him in My Struggle seems missing from these texts. Occasionally he does connect with me, but not in the incessant way he has previously. I suppose it is in his telling instead of showing his story.

All this hardening a
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Knausgaard is a master essayist. He is, for one thing, a regular person. He is a smart person, yes, but not an academic, and he leads a regular life of having to fix things around the house and to take your kids to soccer practice. He is, however, able to look carefully at things and ideas and beliefs, very carefully, almost like taking a zoom lens to them, and flipping them, and looking at them upside down and backwards, and wildly speculating about things, until the reader marvels at the brill ...more
Melting Uncle
Mar 07, 2018 rated it liked it
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I'm a fan of Karl Ove and will read anything of his that I can get my hands on but this was my least favorite of his books.

Winter is more like a sketchbook... or like listening to recordings of your favorite band rehearse. there are some really beautiful unforgettable parts but for the most part it feels like there's nothing really "at stake" and Karl Ove is just playing it safe here. Not really any movement or development.

My favorite parts are stuff that involves humans. Less excited to hear KO
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Auch der zweite Teil des Jahreszeitenzylkus hat mir wieder außerordentlich gut gefallen. Im Vergleich zu "Im Herbst" sogar ein Stückchen besser. Ich denke, dass liegt vor allem an den Dingen und Themen, welche Knausgard dieses Mal anspricht. Diese waren hier vielschichtiger und doch etwas interessanter meines Erachtens. Er schafft es auf alle Fälle immer wieder selbst banale Dinge so zu hinterlassen, dass man wenigstens, wenn man diese dann das nächste Mal sieht, über sie nachdenkt.
Jay Hinman
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was my 7th Knausgaard book and despite the 4 stars, the first I didn’t unambiguously love. Certain of these short essays were masterpieces; others were pointless self-indulgences. Seems like the concept has dropped off just a tiny bit since “Autumn”. That said, I thought it was well worth reading and his introspection and careful consideration of minutia always gives me lots to ponder.
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Njææh. Altså for all del, men næh.
goed, niet alle verhalen vond ik goed maar deze serie is zo fijn tot nu toe. knausgards beschrijvingen van mensen zijn mijn allerlievelings. extra hartjes voor de mooie illustraties. wil deze de rest van het jaar herlezen zodat ik altijd een beetje winter bij me heb.
Jun 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Another interesting set of reflections on various topics.
Platon P
Karl Ove Knausgaard’s second volume of his Seasonal Quartet, Winter, follows on the same threads as Autumn, with three more letters to his unborn daughter (the last one written in the hospital just after her birth) framing a series of short observational pieces about his surroundings. Where Autumn was a book about change, in nature as well as society, Winter digs into the feeling of collective hibernation that swallows up the northern hemisphere; a period of stasis and preparation.

“Autumn is a t
Zac Smith
Grooves well and feels very cohesive despite its granular nature. Overall, I liked it better than Autumn. The essays feel more thematic (Father Christmas, Guests, snow and ice, etc), and are definitely more varied---some are about specific people, others more or less memoirey vignettes, others more philosophical meandering.

There is an overall pattern and theme of The Outside vs. The Inside---how people look vs. how they act, the role of windows (and coffins!), and, more abstractly, nostalgia as
Kasa Cotugno
Knausgard continues these essays through the winter months, interspersed with letters to his fourth daughter. He discovers fascination with such a wide range of subjects, from otters and owls to atoms. Included are studies of some friends/acquaintances, miniatures that create entire portraits, and also glimpses into the life of his rambunctious family. Several of these resonated more strongly with me, as how he addresses the subject of "Hollow Spaces," observing that mankind spends a lot of time ...more
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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 then went on to write six autobiographical novels, titled

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Årstidsencyklopedien (4 books)
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  • Om våren
  • Om sommeren (Årstidsencyklopedien, #4)
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“The same year that the third great Viking ship found in Norway was excavated, at Oseberg, the town of Ålesund burned. At that time the Viking ships were displayed in makeshift exhibition halls, and the great Ålesund fire hastened the process of building a separate museum for them. The architect Fritz Holland proposed building an enormous crypt for them beneath the royal palace in Oslo. It was to be 63 metres long and 15 metres wide, with a niche for each ship. The walls were to be covered with reliefs of Viking motifs. Drawings exist of this underground hall. It is full of arches and vaults, and everything is made of stone. The ships stand in a kind of depression in the floor. More than anything it resembles a burial chamber, and that is fitting, one might think, both because the three ships were originally graves and because placed in a subterranean crypt beneath the palace gardens they would appear as what they represented: an embodiment of a national myth, in reality relics of a bygone era, alive only in the symbolic realm. The crypt was never built, and the power of history over the construction of national identity has since faded away almost entirely. There is another unrealised drawing of Oslo, from the 1920s, with tall brick buildings like skyscrapers along the main thoroughfare, Karl Johans Gate, and Zeppelins sailing above the city. When I look at these drawings, of a reality that was never realised, and feel the enormous pull they exert, which I am unable to explain, I know that the people living in Kristiania in 1904, as Oslo was called then, would have stared open-mouthed at nearly everything that surrounds us today and which we hardly notice, unable to believe their eyes. What is a stone crypt compared to a telephone that shows living pictures? What is the writing down of Draumkvedet (The Dream Poem), a late-medieval Norwegian visionary ballad, compared to a robot lawnmower that cuts the grass automatically?” 0 likes
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