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Min kamp 2

(Min kamp #2)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  12,326 ratings  ·  1,029 reviews
Having left his first wife, Karl Ove Knausgaard moves to Stockholm, Sweden, where he leads a solitary existence. He strikes up a deep friendship with another exiled Norwegian, a Nietzschean intellectual and boxing fanatic named Geir. He also tracks down Linda, whom he met at a writers' workshop a few years earlier and who fascinated him deeply.

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Hardcover, 2nd, 563 pages
Published 2009 by Forlaget Oktober AS
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Stella I have just started The Struggle 2, reading in the bus on my way to work and suddenly I read the following line:
"the life around me was not…more
I have just started The Struggle 2, reading in the bus on my way to work and suddenly I read the following line:
"the life around me was not meaningful. I always longed to be away from it, and always had done. So the life I led was not my own. I tried to make it mine, this was my struggle, because of course I wanted it, but I failed, the longing for something else undermined all my efforts"
So, in my opinion this is the reason for the title of his books. It is his struggle in order to find the meaning of his own life.

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Glenn Russell
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Oh, Karl Ove, you capture the heart-break of the lovesick, hypersensitive teenager that speaks to our own lost teenage years. And thanks for Book 2, writing of your life during your 20s and 30s, married, raising children, dealing with the whole urban banana. A reader might think very self-centered of a writer to pen 6 thick volumes of his life, but you, Karl Ove, are able to tap into the culture's pulse and our collective modern human experience - reading your books is almost like reading our ow
[from Min kamp 1]

It was now more than two weeks since I had published my review of Min kamp 1, and during that time I had not posted anything new. Every day, I stared at the screen, tried to begin, abandoned my unsuccessful attempt after half an hour. Maybe I would never again manage to produce a meaningful piece of writing. I checked my mail for the third time that afternoon. Someone I didn't know said they thought it was amazing that I could read the books in the original Norwegian. There's no
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The original Norwegian editions of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s six-volume My Struggle series, presented in thick ~500-page installments, have purportedly sold more than a half-million copies and won lots of prizes. If rumors of such critical and commercial success are true, even if only in Scandinavia, it’s good news for humanity, since these volumes lack traditional plot, let alone anything approaching bondage, vampires or wizards. Maybe it helps that Knausgaard, a respected author of two novels befo ...more
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Epic Side of Truth, Wisdom"
Feel like my soul has turned into steel / I've still got the scars that the sun didn't heal "Not Dark Yet," Bob Dylan, 1997

Prior to reading this, I was skeptical about reading a roman à clef based loosely on the author's life? Could he succeed in depicting a seemingly ordinary life as interesting enough to fill 4/5/6 volumes? Is he the Scandinavian equivalent of the fat-head fiction writers churned out from MFA programs across the nation to dazzle the cognoscent
Σωτήρης  Αδαμαρέτσος
Εντάξει, είναι ό,τι πιο κοντινό στην ζωή μπορεί να διαβάσει ένας σημερινός άντρας στην ηλικία των σαράντα minus/plus! Ό Κναουσγκορντ γίνεται ο αγαπημένος συγγραφέας μου σήμερα, γράφει σαν να συζητάει μαζί μου, σαν να μιλάει και να τον ακούω, έχει τις ίδιες ανησυχίες και αγωνίες ως άντρας, εραστής, πατέρας, φίλος με μένα, και αναζητά μέσα του, μέσω της σχέσης του με την σύζυγο του και τις βαθιές συζητήσεις με τον φίλο του Γκάιρ, τις απαντήσεις που ΚΑΘΕ άνθρωπος και άντρας κάνει στην μέση ηλικία ό ...more
I really, really, really loved the first one of these, but I did not love this one. It was at times a... slog to get through. There were some great moments and I'm glad I finished it, because it ended strong, but the majority fell into the risky trap of this project, and read to me like excerpts from a self-absorbed parenting blog detailing what life is like as a successful writer with a family in Sweden (spoiler alert: in the absence of any other worries -- medical bills, say, or the need to do ...more
Apr 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book Two of My Struggle makes good on the promise of an ‘epic of the everyday’; toward the end of the book Karl Ove describes his idea of literature as a kind of participation in the gaze of another, how only diaries and essays continue to move him as works of literature because that is where one might come closest to inhabiting another’s gaze on the world, another’s purview onto being. Thus the book he begins to write, thus the book we hold in our hands. For even here among the ascetic, exhaust ...more
Sep 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Though his style and agenda have nothing in common with Virginia Woolf, Karl Ove Knausgård, too, has an outrageous and uncanny ability to mix the banal and the lofty, the quotidian and the existential without ever upsetting the balance. He deals, in short, with life, and in this process he cuts off all layers of pretension and untruth and reveals the rawness, the failures, the temporary successes and the anxieties of modern life.

In this second installment of Knausgård’s massive opus, he zooms i
Nov 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
A Man in Love


"The fact that paintings and, to some extent, photographs were so important for me had something to do with this. They contained no words, no concepts, and when I looked at them what I experienced, what made them so important, was also non conceptual. There was something stupid in this, an area that was completely devoid of intelligence, which I had difficulty acknowledgng or accepting, yet which perhaps was the most important single element of what I wanted to do."

-- Karl Ove Knaus
Jan 28, 2013 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
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How the hell does Karl Ove (I feel as though we are best friends now) pull this off? No way should he be managing this. I loved the first magnum, despite the downward spiral of a dying alcoholic father, and now I'm giving highest marks to the follow-up opus as well. Four more books are promised to come. I don't doubt it. The man can go on and on and on to the point where detractors might equate his diary-like approach to a diarrhea-like one (only with words, thank you).

I like Book Two despite t
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wandered beneath the sun-dappled shade from the trees, surrounded by the warm fragrances of the forest, thinking that I was in the middle of my life. Not life as an age, not halfway along life’s path, but in the middle of my existence. My heart trembled.

Rather late in this volume, Karl Ove reflects on ascribing a utility to literature especially fiction. He confesses a desire to read only essays and diaries at the moment. [all the verbs and gerunds need to be qualified in this endeavor (My Str
Justin Evans
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I'm torn between taking part in the backlash against the Knausgaard hype--because, let's be honest, there are plenty of authors more deserving of front page attention from every newspaper, magazine and website with 'New York' in the title--and trying to get in early on the revisionism to the backlash, by pointing out that although Knausgaard is not Proust or Woolf, nor is he trying to be, and it's not his fault that every newspaper, magazine and website with 'New York' in the title decided to pu ...more
Αφού διάβασα το εξαιρετικά ενδιαφέρον “Ένας θάνατος στην οικογένεια” ήρθε ο καιρός να συνεχίσω με το δεύτερο μέρος του Αγώνα του Karl Ove (αρνούμαι να γράψω το επίθετό του!).
Στο δεύτερο βιβλίο λοιπόν μας μιλάει γι' αυτό ακριβώς που λέει και ο τίτλος, για τη ζωή του ως σύζυγος και ως πατέρας. Για το πώς γνώρισε τη Λίντα, τη δεύτερη σύζυγό του, για το πώς απέκτησαν το πρώτο τους παιδί, για τις δυσκολίες της σχέσης τους και τα προβλήματα της καθημερινότητας, τις αποτυχίες, τις γκρίνιες, τους καβγάδ
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ο Knausgard μας ξανασυστήνεται βάζοντάς μας ξανά θεατές σε μια άλλη φάση της ζωής του. Τελειώνοντας και το δεύτερο βιβλίο, έχω την αίσθηση ότι σε κάθε τόμο μας παρουσιάζει και μια ιδιότητά του ως άνθρωπος. Στο πρώτο ήταν ο γιος, ο εγγονός, ο αδερφός, ο έφηβος, ο φοιτητής και ο νεαρός άντρας. Στον ερωτευμένο άντρα είναι ακριβώς αυτό. Ο σύντροφος, ο εραστής, ο σύζυγος, ο πατέρας, ο ώριμος πια άντρας. Με τις μικρές και τις μεγάλες στιγμές του. Με τα προβλήματα της καθημερινότητας και τις χαρές που ...more
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At 8%, and once again I'm eating an apple. Coincidence!? An apple a day keeps the doctor away; they say. Karl Ove and his family are eating apples too. On a family trip to an amusement-park. The muse is long gone; the park peeled off and ugly, but the kids don't notice. The first food mentioned in a novel has to mean something, right? A symbol ... maybe? Apples are secretly driving our fate. The tree of knowledge, the forbidden fruit, the apple falling on Newton's head, and
Ben Winch
Four Responses:

Dec 14th 2014

I’m on the second My Struggle book and believe it – and its predecessor – to be a failure, at least as it relates to me. Is that arrogant? Should it be: I’m a failure, at least as I relate to My Struggle? The plain fact: I’ve been skipping pages, have been since the start. Skipping phrases and sentences too, skimming to reach the parts that say whatever it is I like to hear Knausgaard say. Not only skipping forward either, but jumping around the way I do with rock bio
Stephen P
Oct 03, 2014 rated it really liked it

A man with no roots. The narrator wherever he has been has not belonged. This includes his interior as well as the exterior world. No wonder, as a writer, his only interest is to locate and express the truth.The truth is difficult he sees. External reality is endowed with meaning but only through his eyes. Otherwise it remains as objects of mass and outline.

However, his vision cauterized by the split between his shamed self (hints of his being abused) fostered by an unending castigation of his
Olaf Gütte
Marcel Reich-Ranicki hat einmal gesagt: "Es gibt nichts Langweiligeres als Geschichten über kleine Kinder"! Glücklicherweise geht es im zweiten Band von Karl Ove Knausgards autobiografischer Romanreihe nicht ausschließlich um kleine Kinder, man kann auch interessante Dialoge des Autors mit seinem Freund Geir verfolgen. Trotzdem kann ich nach diesem Roman den Hype um Knausgard nicht ganz nachvollziehen.
Marcello S
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Come si fa a scrivere (solo) due righe su un libro così?!

Lo dico subito: la parte migliore del libro è l’amore tra Karl e Linda, con le loro tecniche di avvicinamento non proprio infallibili.
Almeno all’inizio, i nostri sono bellissimi nel loro perdersi e ritrovarsi, tra mille silenzi e comportamenti imperfetti.
Le cose però cambiano e periodi di felicità si alternano ad altri di buio e liti furibonde.

E Linda ne esce come una rompicazzo insopportabile + possessiva + furiosa + maniaca + depressa +
I can't stop reading-I bought the next volume as soon as I got ten pages near the end. Long passages of excruciating detail of mundane events (such as making a cup of tea, taking little children out to school, marital arguments over chores) suddenly lit by poetry. Uneasy feelings in social situations, readings in (to me) exotic locales, the light of memory that fades with time-and the lights that don't. Ruminations on art, modernism, poetry, literature, and the meaning (if there is one) of life. ...more
M. Sarki

As I was nearing the end of Volume II I actually felt a bit silly and embarrassed as I looked forward to reading my customary turtle-paced six pages each morning. I used the book as part of my daily meditation as I knew there was no way I could read it like I do novels in which I am interested in and cannot help myself in finishing more than too fast. And as hard as it was for me to trudge through the almost endless Knausgård rhetoric involving changing di
Bezimena knjizevna zadruga
Nema potrebe za predugackim esejiziranjem u opisivanju utisaka.

Filozofija roditeljstva, kad se razgrnu svi lazni plastevi kojim smo se pokrili. Cigarete, antikvarnice, kuhinja, mocne misli u nimalo mocnim recenicama.

Potreban je kao beg, ali ne od stvarnosti vec pravo u nju. Potreban je kao odmor od gomile pateticnog djubreta koje procitamo.

Najbolji tom u svetu knjizevnosti u poslednjih mnogo decenija. Lik je savrsen.
Jun 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Una maravilla el Karl Ove, cuando lo empecé pensé que había encontrado a una alma gemela, de quién podía leer todo tipo de anécdotas, sus problemas, su cotidiana, y me los contaba sólo a mi. Pero después de 500 páginas de sus cosas, sus broncas con Linda, sus amigos, sus cenas, sus paseos, sus pláticas con Geir, su amigo escritor, hay algo que me empezó a hacer ruido. No es demasiada intimidad? Ya se que en este mundo post-todo, no hay mucho respeto por la vida privada, pero no se, a veces da al ...more
Feb 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pabaigiau antrąją Knausgårdo šešiatomio dalį ir jau pasiilgau šito serialo herojų. Kada bus kita dalis??? Want. Paraleliai dar pasiėmiau skaityti jo eseistiką iš metų laikų serijos, truputį gelbsti, bet vis tiek ne tas - ten tik pamąstymai, o "Mano kovoje" - ir kovos, ir dramos. Bet tai iš priklausomybės, o ne iš didelio meninio grožio atsiradęs noras.

Antra knyga, panašiai kaip ir pirma, rodo keletą epizodų iš Knausgårdo gyvenimo. Kaip galima nuspėt iš pavadinimo - apie meilę, o konkrečiai - api
Maybe because it deals with the sweetness and struggles of love and marriage, I found My Struggle, Book Two: A Man in Love even more compelling -- and enjoyable -- than Book One: A Death in the Family. Together, they are a breathtakingly honest, intimate portrayal of the ordinary lived experience and interior life of someone who ruminates about everything -- a self-absorption that somehow transcends self. We read to get out of the self, Karl Ove claims, and that rings true to me - so there's som ...more
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
We are almost finished with Volume Two of Knausgaard’s six-volume memoir before we learn what Knausgaard is about with this huge, unwieldy thing he calls a novel.
"Over recent year I had increasingly lost faith in literature…Fictional writing has no value, documentary narrative has no value. The only genres I saw value in, which still conferred meaning, were diaries and essays, the types of literature did not deal with narrative, that were not about anything, but just consisted of a voice, the v

Ho capito che i Norvegesi sono più o meno i cugini di campagna dei più "raffinati" e mondani Svedesi.
Così come ho capito che gli Italiani con gli Svedesi, o meglio, gli Italiani in Svezia, si sentirebbero a proprio agio come gli Eschimesi ai Caraibi. Infine, penso di aver capito che gli Italiani tutto sommato potrebbero anche star bene con i Norvegesi.
Insomma, dal punto di vista antropologico è piuttosto interessante.
In generale l'ho trovato noioso di una noiosità a tratti avvincente, a tratti
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Karl Ove lo terminás queriendo o lo terminás abandonando en la pág 30 del primer tomo al grito de Ké Mé ÍmPóRtÁÁ tU Víídáá ShÓ sÓy MááS ÍmPórTáánTéé. Y no está mal tampoco que lo abandones si no te gusta, porque el tono no lo cambia mucho a lo largo de las páginas y SIEMPRE va a ser así de monocorde o aburrido, así que no esperes otra cosa. Bueno, después de terminar el segundo tomo, confirmo lo que pensé con el primero: crea una nueva forma de narrar, ensancha los límites de la literatura, lo ...more
Aug 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012, bokm-l
Great writing by a great author with a great voice, yet not the great literature Knausgård is capable of producing. I heard an interview with Knausgård on Leonard Lopate which I think explains it all. He reported that he wrote and never looked back. He has not even read what he has written. I did notice that he is quite wordy in this volume, there is no economy of ideas and reflections, a certain lack of editing is apparent, not to mention that one very annoying spelling mistake. But honestly I ...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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“All my adult life I have kept a distance from other people, it has been my way of coping, because I become so incredibly close to others in my thoughts and feelings of course, they only have to look away dismissively for a storm to break inside me.” 51 likes
“I feel almost physically ill in the presence of boring people who consider themselves especially interesting and who blow their own trumpets.” 30 likes
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