An international phenomenon, which has been declared a masterpiece everywhere it has been published. A searingly honest, addictive and controversial read.
In this utterly remarkable novel Karl Ove Knausgaard writes with painful honesty about his childhood and teenage years, his infatuation with rock music, his relationship with his loving yet almost invisible mother and his distant and unpredictable father, and his bewilderment and grief on his father's death. When Karl Ove becomes a father himself, he must balance the demands of caring for a young family with his determination to write great literature. In A Death in the Family Knausgaard has created a universal story of the struggles, great and small, that we all face in our lives. A profoundly serious, gripping and hugely readable work written as if the author's very life were at stake.
A searingly honest, addictive and controversial read from the international sensation and bestseller, Karl Ove Knausgaard.
Shortlisted for IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2014. Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2013.
"Intense and vital, ceaselessly compelling, superb" - James Wood New Yorker
"A masterpiece... Meticulously detailed, harrowing, oddly beautiful, its depiction of a family's disintegration is one of the most powerful pieces of writing I've read in years" - Stuart Evers Observer, Books of the Year
"The best book I read this year...full of artistic, moral and technical daring" - Rachel Cusk Guardian, Books of the Year
"This suburban epic, electrifying in candour and eloquence, feels streets ahead of the comparable Jonathan Franzen" - Boyd Tonkin Independent, Books of the Year
"Incredibly moving" - Selina Guinness Irish Times, Books of the Year
Karl Ove Knausgaard's first novel, Out of the World, was the first ever debut novel to win The Norwegian Critics' Prize. His second novel, A Time to Every Purpose Under Heaven, was widely acclaimed. A Death in the Family was awarded the prestigious Brage Award, and is being heralded as a masterpiece wherever it appears.