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A Death in the Family

by Karl Ove Knausgaard

The combination of heightened self-understanding with intense emotion over the complex relationship with his father, plus a lyrical description of everyday events, makes for extraordinary food for reflection. All very different from what you might expect from an autobiographical novel.

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Only a few years ago it had been different. Until I moved to Stockholm I had felt there was a continuity to my life, as if stretched unbroken from childhood up to the present, held together by new connections, in a complex and ingenious pattern whereby every phenomenon I saw was capable of evoking a memory which unleashed small landslides of feeling in me, some with a known source, others without.
Translated by Don Bartlett

Parallels

The Wanderer by Knut Hamsun
The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil
The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
 

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