Explaining the Knausgaard Publishing Situation

There seems to be a tiny bit of confusion so here’s the deal:

1. Archipelago is doing the hardcovers, FSG is doing the paperbacks.

2. However, Archipelago started publishing Knausgaard before this agreement was made, so they actually did a paperback of Book 1, which has since been discontinued.

3. Yes, the FSG covers are ugly as fuck. True fact: I’ve never met anyone who liked them. In fact, I’ve never met anyone who didn’t violently hate them. If anyone can explain them to us, please enlighten us. (Apologies to the designer, whom I’m sure is a very hard-working and very accomplished individual who has done lots of great work and will continue to do great work in the future. But everyone I’ve ever spoken to about these covers can’t be wrong.)


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The Vintage/Random House covers are nice:
http://www.randomhouse.com.au/books/karl-ove-knausgaard/a-death-in-the-family-my-struggle-book-1-9780099555162.aspx

And the third book came out this week (or appeared in a nearby bookstore this week). It is a trade paperback, and I have paperbacks, so I will wait.

Though I am interested in Archipelago’s hardcovers.

If FSG originally intended to have a consistent design for the series, it now looks like they are breaking it with Book 2. Instead going with a standard author photo on the cover.

Although Book 1 seems to be out of stock in several places, could it be that the cover is so bad that they are going to reissue it after only a year?

I had to look at the covers to see if they were as bad as you say. My eyes! What were they thinking?

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