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September 2018 Fiction: Literary

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The End
My Struggle: Book 6
By (author): Karl Ove Knausgaard Translated by: Don Bartlett Translated by: Martin Aitken
9780345809988 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Literary Sep 04, 2018
$50.00 CAD
Active 6.2 x 9.5 x 2.3 in 1168 pages Knopf Random Vintage Canada Knopf Canada
The sixth and final book in Knausgaard’s epic My Struggle cycle—the most talked about literary project of its time.

The sprawling, intimate, and spectacularly unorthodox literary autobiography that unleashed a media frenzy upon its release in Norway, became a global publishing sensation, and sold millions of copies worldwide, now reaches its climactic conclusion.

In My Struggle, Karl Ove Knausgaard examines with ruthless, unsparing rigour his life, his ambitions and frailties, his uncertainties and doubts, and his relationships with friends and exes, his wife and children, his mother and father. It is an opus in which life is described in all its nuances from moments of great drama to the most trivial everyday details. It is also a project that is full of risk, where the borders between private and public worlds cross, not without cost for the author himself and the people portrayed.

     The End, the sixth and final book, reflects back on the personal fallout from the earlier volumes, with Knausgaard facing growing literary acclaim and the often shattering repercussions that came with it. It is a book about literature itself and its relationship with reality, the capstone on a magnificent achievement. Translated from the Norwegian by superstar literary translators Don Bartlett and Martin Aitken.

Story Locale: Oslo, Norway; New York, New York; London, England

MUCH ANTICIPATED FINALE TO THE ACCLAIMED MY STRUGGLE SERIES: With The End Karl Ove Knausgaard returns to the series that made him a global literary superstar.

BURNING QUESTIONS ARE ANSWERED: How has publishing the intensely personal, confessional, and revelatory work affected Karl Ove’s personal life? And why did he name it after the autobiography of Adolf Hitler? All is revealed!

SURPRISINGLY TIMELY: The centre of the book is a lengthy meditation on the rise of Nazism in Europe that speaks directly to the current political climate in the US and Canada today.

KARL OVE KNAUSGAARD’s first novel, Out of the World, was the first ever debut novel to win The Norwegian Critics’ Prize and his second, A Time for Everything, was widely acclaimed. A Death in the Family, the first of the My Struggle cycle of novels, was awarded the prestigious Brage Award. The My Struggle cycle has been heralded as a masterpiece wherever it appears.

Author Residence: Osterlen, Sweden

Author Hometown: Oslo, Norway

Marketing: Influencer mailing

Organic social media & newsletter support

Targeted social media advertising

Chapbook featuring highlights from each book

Publicity: pending author approval, author tour to Toronto and one other Canadian market for off-site event

national review coverage

pitch for interviews in national media including CBC Radio The Current, The Globe and Mail, CBC Writers and Company

Praise for Karl Ove Knausgaard:

“Reading [him] is like drugging yourself, not for a speeding high but for a slow hallucinatory experience…. A genius, without doubt.” —Toronto Star

“Once or twice a decade, word of mouth elevates a seemingly uncommercial literary writer to the status of a mass cult…. To the ranks of David Foster Wallace and Haruki Murakami can now be added Karl Ove.” --The Gazette

“A living hero who landed on greatness by abandoning every typical literary feint, an emperor whose nakedness surpasses royal finery.”—Jonathan Lethem, The Guardian

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