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About the Author
Karl Ove Knausgaard was born in Norway in 1968. His debut novel, Out of This World, won the Norwegian Critics' Prize in 2004 and his A Time for Everything was a finalist for the Nordic Council's Literature Prize. For My Struggle: Book 1, Knausgaard received the Brage Award in 2009, the 2010 Book of the Year Prize in Morgenbladet, and the P2 Listeners' Prize. My Struggle: Book 1 was a New Yorker Book of the Year and Book 2 was listed among The Wall Street Journal's 2013 Books of the Year. My Struggle is a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into more than fifteen languages. In 2010, Knausgaard cofounded the independent publishing house Pelikanen, based in Stavanger.Don Bartlett has translated novels by many Danish and Norwegian authors, among them Jo Nesbø, Roy Jacobsen, Lars Saabye Christensen, and Per Petterson. He lives with his family in Norfolk, England. Martin Aitken is the acclaimed translator of numerous Danish and Norwegian novels including works by Karl Ove Knausgaard, Peter Høeg, Jussi Adler-Olsen, and Pia Juul, and his translations of short stories and poetry have appeared in many literary journals and magazines. In 2012 he was awarded the American-Scandinavian Foundation's Nadia Christensen Translation Prize.
". . . Knausgaard explores the various ways language can be leveraged for honest disclosure and tragic nationalism . . . and whether confessional style can be a force against propagandistic writing . . . [Book 6] caps a remarkable achievement...A fittingly bulky end to a radical feat of oversharing." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"At last, the highly anticipated conclusion to Knausgaard's six-part masterwork arrives in English . . . Perhaps most notable about Book 6 is a 400-page examination of Hitler, Nazism, and the nature of evil, which draws parallels between Mein Kampf and My Struggle . . . This uncomfortable comparison simultaneously explodes the purview of what fiction can do while zeroing in on the unique concerns of his narrator." --Booklist, starred review
"The final book of Knausgaard's six-volume masterpiece goes maximalist and metatextual, examining the impact that the autobiographical series has had on the author's life and the lives of those around him . . . The rationale for his project comes into brilliant focus. This volume is a thrilling conclusion to Knausgaard's epic series." --Publishers Weekly, starred review