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My Struggle: Book One (Paperback)

by Don Bartlett and Karl Knausgaard

Devoutly to Be Wished: Karl Ove Knausgaard’s Consummation 6

With astounding single-mindedness (or monomania, if you prefer), Knausgaard has pursued a writing project that both consumes him and sequesters him from life. He’s Ahab, only he’s gone and caught the whale.

A Year in Reading: Garth Risk Hallberg 9

I did something crazy this year. I blew half of a freelancing check on the complete, seven-volume edition of William T. Vollmann's 3,000 page essay on violence, Rising Up and Rising Down.

Searching for the Meaning of Life: A Massive Norwegian Memoir Hits American Shores 5

To summarize the act of writing and releasing the book, Knausgaard said, “I have given away my soul.”