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"masterpiece" is not an exaggeration,
This review is from: A Death in the Family: My Struggle Book 1 (My Struggle 1) (Hardcover)
I would rarely use the word "masterpiece" to descrive a contemporary novel, let alone an autobiography, but this book deserves this title.
You have to admit he has guts: writing a six - part autobiography and calling it "My struggle" (in German translated as "Mein Kampf") is a daring enterprise. But Knausgard succeeds with brio: he is a brilliant story teller and explores the human condition with such honesty and candour that it just leaves you gasping for breath (and wanting to read more and more).
The scenes at the end of the book (his father, his grandmother, the house, the bottles, ....) still haunt my mind.
Apparently Knausgard has achieved a kind of rock star status in Scandinavia: as far as I am concerned he deserves it.
The second book of the series "A man in love" has already appeared in the Dutch translation and is a little bit disappointing after the sheer brilliance of the first, but that is only to be expected. This book is to be released in April in English. By that time I will have read part three of "My Struggle" and it is already marked on my calendar that I have to get the moment it comes out.
Seriously, this is a reading experience not to be missed!