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Dancing in the Dark: Book 4 (Hardback)

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18 years old and fresh out of high school, Karl Ove Knausgaard moves to a tiny fisherman's village far north of the polar circle to work as a school teacher. He has no interest in the job itself - or in any other job for that matter. His intention is to save up enough money to travel while finding the space and time to start his writing career. Initially everything looks fine: He writes his first few short stories, finds himself accepted by the hospitable locals and receives flattering attention from several beautiful local girls. But then, as the darkness of the long polar nights start to cover the beautiful landscape, Karl Ove's life also takes a darker turn. The stories he writes tend to repeat themselves, his drinking escalates and causes some disturbing blackouts, his repeated attempts at losing his virginity end in humiliation and shame, and to his own distress he also develops romantic feelings towards one of his 13-year-old students. Along the way, there are flashbacks to his high school years and the roots of his current problems. And then there is the shadow of his father, whose sharply increasing alcohol consumption serves as an ominous backdrop to Karl Ove's own lifestyle. The fourth part of a sensational literary cycle that has been hailed as "perhaps the most important literary enterprise of our times." (Guardian).

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Vintage Publication Date: 05/03/2015 ISBN-13: 9781846557248  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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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 Prize. The My Struggle cycle has been heralded as a masterpiece all over the world.

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A great all-engrossing work of fiction or non fiction, as you prefer to call it, like the first three. Recommended for anyone who loves a slow-paced, thought-provoking read you can identify with, like those big good old-school Tolstoy-like novels. A writer you can't help feeling for in all his clumsiness and talents. I can't wait for the next two to be translated. Thank you Foyles for bringing it to me so quickly.

- 20/04/2015
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