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The Why I Write series is based on the Windham-Campbell Lectures, delivered annually to commemorate the awarding of the Donald Windham–Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prizes at Yale University. Administered by Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the series publishes works based on the lecture given by the event’s keynote speaker.
The series launched in 2017 wi
Hardcover, 104 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Yale University Press
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Lee Klein
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reads almost like a re-mixed excerpt from My Struggle Book Five’s parts about writing. A typo on page 7 (“than” instead of “that”) on a page about trust made me distrust this one’s publication at first, thinking it a little money-grubby, but that slight initial sense fell away as the old familiar voice and progress through internal and external worlds established themselves. No one mentions KOK in the same breath as Kerouac, even if both were deeply inspired by Proust and KOK's "inadvertent" met ...more
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Thoughts are the enemy of the inadvertent, for if one thinks about how something will seem to others, if one thinks about if something is important or good enough, if one begins to calculate or pretend, then it is no longer inadvertent and accessable as itself, but only as what we have made it into."
- Karl Ove Knausgaard, Inadvertent


The second book published in the Windam-Campbell and Yale Press series 'Why I Write'. This short book is the lecture Knausgaard gave at the 2017 Windam-Campbell Pr
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I might be in love with this man, or at the very least he feels like such a kindred soul. I've tried to inadequately articulate too many times, what he so gracefully did below:

“[Vincent Van Gogh] was on fire, driven by an intense will to communicate his inner world to the outer one, but the resistance was too great, the language he had access to was incapable of expressing it. But his will was as wild as it was blind, little by little the distance was whittled away, until he produced his final
▫️INADVERTENT by Knausgaard, translated from the Norwegian by Ingvild Burkey, 2017/2018.

This short essay looks at KOK's writing process, craft, and literary inspirations. It's a book lover's book. He talks about his love of Le Guin and comics in childhood (this warmed my heart, naturally...), and many other writers that he has appreciated in his life.

In sharing his process, he reveals a lot about himself, his shyness, social awkwardness, his inner life. Best known for his autofictions, this lit
Oct 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, writing
Karl Ove discourses on why he writes. He doesn't answer the question, but the way in which he didn't answer it was interesting and engaging.

Edited: for clarity
Feb 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: art, biography
Another dip in Knausgaard's universe. Previously I only read his excursion on Munch and the present booklet could be read as a corollary to the former. Because the question why Munch painted, and why he did as he did, is basically the same as the one that is on the table here: why does one write? Here as there we are intrigued and revitalised by the reading, but unsure what exactly has been said. Very present is the soothing voice of an intelligent and affable man, a perfect stranger, but vulner ...more
Dylan Perry
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reread: February 2022
I still love this little essay.

Reread: May 2020
Inadvertent was lodged in my head for more than a year. I'm glad to see it lives up to the memory of the first read, and exceeds it.

Original Review: January 2019
The honesty on display here is raw, real, and appreciated. Because as interesting as the highs are—the success stories, breaking out as an author and gaining acolytes—to me, the creative lows are just as fascinating. And Karl Ove Knausgaard doesn’t hold back. He goes
In a literary nonfiction class I took last semester, we read all varieties, genres, types of nonfiction essays (and fragments of larger nonfiction works), and I found myself gravitating toward the few Knausgaard pieces we were assigned, which were excerpts from his Seasons Quartet (“Water”!!). I've owned a copy of the first volume of My Struggle for a while but haven't started it--but I'm in Norway now and figured I couldn't leave a bookstore without picking something of his up, so I grabbed "In ...more
M. Sarki
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star-wonders

Read this short book on writing and you just might become, if you aren't already, an instant fan of Karl Ove Knausgård. The quotations below give unguarded insight into the gems included in this lengthy essay. Greatness never came easy for KOK, and the anecdotes in this book prove his dismal failure at first and finally the relevant reasons he finally succeeded in writing meaningful words on the page. It is not surprising that the act of reading was instru
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing

"Literature is not primarily a place for truths, it is the space truths play out." 2
"... literature by its very nature always seeks complexity and ambiguity, and that monologic claims of truth about the world are antiliterary" 12
"When I was a boy I read an enormous quantity of books, my sole object being to get away from the reality I was living in -- in other words, pure and simple escapism. "15
"The mere fact that he knew what he liked impressed me. I liked what I had been taught t
Sushma Manava
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
Inadvertent is Karl’s attempt to answer the very complex question about why he writes and it was an absolute delight to read and gave me an insight into his beautiful writing albeit translated. In this discussion he touches upon reading and why we read too and I’m onboard with all the reasons.
This man is very talented. I’ve watched some videos of him speak on stage. This essay would come to life and would be been a whole different experience if he actually gave it as a speech. Nonetheless i was
Anatoly Molotkov
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"For many years I followed these rules of writing, that one shouldn't psychologize and that one shouldn't tell, but show. ... It wasn't until I started breaking the rules .... that my writing came alive." An ambiguous and multifaceted statement about the choice to write. ...more
Sep 12, 2021 rated it liked it
a more honest review of this book would have at three and a half stars, as it's currently hovering between three and four for me. i began reading it 7/7/21 at 1:40 pm, and finished 9/13/21 at 1:30 in the morning

this book is one of yale university press's why i write series, a string of short craft books which a small amount of googling has told me originally derived from something called the windham-campbell lectures and which, delightfully, also includes works by writers i've been wanting to ge
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is like a slight touch of profundity, if you ask me. What he writes here, about spontaneous non-self-conscious prose writing, smacks heavily of Zen Buddhism and the illusion of free will. He might as well say, and pretty much does say, that he enters the zone and becomes the word, becomes the flow of words. The thoughts and words flow out of him in automatic fashion and only when they're on the page does he realize what he's written: to whit, in near-summation on the 2nd to last page: ...more
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was my second attempt to read Knausgård (after going through 200 pages of My Struggle). I see what he’s trying to do, writing as flat as possible, leveling everything (emotions, ideas, memories) to give us intellectual experience of some kind of depth-in-flatness. And yes, there are some brilliant parts. But it just doesn’t work for me. Once you get the idea, the whole depth-in-flatness thing shows its shallowness.
Wendy Blacke
Sep 26, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful insight into the writing journey of one of my favourite authors.
Garrett Zecker
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"...I myself was so removed from the world, I was never really in it - perhaps because I had once benefited from protecting myself against it, and had never come out of my defensive position - and in literature, I had found a way in. That is why presence and closeness were always what I sought there."

Inadvertent is the second of the Windham-Campbell lectures that I have read, the first being Patti Smith’s Devotion – an equally beautiful meditation on the art and interiority of the writing life.
ريم الصالح
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book! Wow!
Not long ago, I have read My Struggle by Knausgaard and I can say that it wasn't my cup of tea -if I might say- I couldn't even complete the first book! But after I read Inadvertent by the same author, I can say that this man can surely bring out the best of him when you just simply ask him: Why do you write?

The writing was simple yet connects to the reader instantly! Karl makes you feel as if you both knew each other for a very long time, sitting in a cosy café, talkin
Melting Uncle
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished2018
So nice I listened to the audiobook twice.
I think this would actually be a good first book if you've never read this author.
Lots of cool KOK anecdotes including his attempt to watch Game of Thrones.
I can't think of anything negative to say about this!
Ray Kluender
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely introduction to Karl Ove if you're not ready to dive headfirst into the My Struggle series. If you've got an Audible membership, I think it's free at the moment with the inimitable Eduardo Bellerini narrating. ...more
[2018] In this essay, the author addresses, "why I write." By the end of it, I still don't think either of us knows, but it doesn't matter, I just loved reading him riff on it. ...more
Carrie Poppy
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
shamefully, I'm yet to read one of knausgaard's works, but this essay was enough to convince me to change that. i've been studying literary theory this year for a class, and i've struggled to find any of it interesting or engaging - semiotics, myth, yada yada yada - it's not working for me. i just don't see why you would volunteer to take a clinical approach to literature, something so magical in its ability to transport readers into different realities, new spheres of understanding. what's the ...more
Keen Reader
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it

Knausgaard is one of those writers who I have read lots about, in particular his Seasons Quartet. I have read at least one long form interview with him and he certainly seemed like an interesting enough character, but this is the first time I have got round to reading his work.

I enjoyed the way he captured the feel and mood of his childhood reading experiences, the way he would get immersed and lost in comic books for days and in particular his memories of reading Ursula K. Le Guin and the music
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've now read four of Knausgaard's books, none of them from his "My Struggle" series, but I'm enthralled with the work I've encountered, and this book, about why he writes, which does not entirely even answer the question, is as engaging as the others. His thoughts about art, and the literary struggle between that which is empathetic and that which is cerebral, and his thoughts about letting go of inhibitions and "the rules" and driving towards authenticity, are all noble in their own way, and I ...more
Kathleen Flynn
About writing. Brief yet fascinating. Sent me to Borges and also makes me want to read rest of In Search of Lost Time. And of course A Wizard of Earthsea.

I haven't read all of the volumes of My Struggle but I would like to. Yes, he's very hyped but there is something very special about this writer too.
Yeganeh Attari
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"I myself was so removed from the world, I was never really in it - perhaps because I had once benefited from protecting myself against it, and had never come out of my defensive position - and in literature I had found a way in."

Thanks for letting us in too, sir.
Mar 09, 2022 rated it liked it
This is probably best to read right after -or even in the middle of - reading the My Struggle series. This gives you a quick insight into why he writes and what inspired him.

Nothing earth-shattering here, but still some fun reflections on the art of reading and writing.
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
It has a slow start, and a sudden ending, but overall it’s enjoyable to read Knausgaard’s thoughts on why he writes, or what led him to write in the way he does.
Sarah S
Mar 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
I will read Knausgaard’s to do lists. He is a treasure.
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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 My S

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