A Time for Everything / My Struggle

Haven’t checked out Karl Knausgaard yet, but This Space makes him sound pretty awesome. Archipelago publishes My Struggle and A Time for Everything in the U.S.

Before I had even finished Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle, I had ordered a copy of his 2008 novel A Time for Every Purpose Under Heaven, an act more to do with wanting to remain in his company once the first was read than curiosity about what a novel by the author of a six-volume autobiography was like. The good news is that A Time for Every Purpose Under Heaven fascinates like My Struggle. There is no bad news.

The novel begins in 1551 when late at night by a stream in a forest an 11-year-old boy Antinous Bellori stumbles upon two angels eating fish. Though terrified, he studies them: “Their faces are white and skull-like, their eye sockets deep, cheekbones high, lips bloodless. They have long, fair hair, thin necks, slender wrists, claw-like fingers. And they’re shaking. One of them has hands that shake”

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A Time for Everything was one of the best books I read the year it came out in the States, strange and haunting. I’m really looking forward to reading My Struggle; the only reason I haven’t started yet is that I want to make the time and mental space to give it the full attention it deserves.

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