Karl Ove Knausgaard Book Signing
Monday, May 4, 2015, 12:30 P.M. to 1:30 P.M., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco


The critically acclaimed author of the My Struggle series makes a rare lunch-time visit to City Lights to sign books.

Please note: Mr. Knausgaard will only be signing books purchased at City Lights. If you have pre-purchased books please bring your receipt. Your cooperation is appreciated.

Celebrating the release of the fourth installment in the eagerly awaited, internationally celebrated My Struggle series. Book Four finds an eighteen-year-old Karl Ove in a tiny fishing village in Northern Norway, where he has been hired as a schoolteacher and is living on his own for the first time. When the ferocious winter takes hold, Karl Ove—in the company of the Håfjord locals, a warm and earthy group who have spent their lives working, drinking, joking together in close quarters—confronts private demons, reels from humiliations, and is elated by small victories. We are immersed, along with Karl Ove, in this world—sometimes claustrophobic, sometimes serenely beautiful—where memories and physical obsessions burn throughout the endless Arctic winter. In Book Four, Karl Ove must weigh the realities of his new life as a writer against everything he had believed it would be.

Karl Ove Knausgaard was born in Norway in 1968. His debut novel Out of This World won the Norwegian Critics Prize in 2004 and his A Time for Everything was a finalist for the Nordic Council Prize. For My Struggle: Book One, Knausgaard received the Brage Award in 2009, the 2010 Book of the Year Prize in Morgenbladet, and the P2 Listeners' Prize. My Struggle: Book One was a New Yorker Book of the Year and Book Two was listed among the Wall Street Journal's 2013 Books of the Year. My Struggle is a New York Times Best Seller and has been translated into more than fifteen languages. Knausgaard lives in Sweden with his wife and four children.

Mr. Knausgaard will be in conversation with Daniel Handler at the Nourse Theater for the City Arts & Lectures series, Monday, May 4, 2015, 7:30 P.M. Tickets available through: http://www.cityarts.net/event/1756/

What has been said about the MY STRUGGLE Series:

The narrator may be intellectually earnest, an aesthete who mediates on the sublime, but he is also a hapless fool, prone to Chaplinesque pratfalls. In exposing himself as a bundle of contradictions, Knausgaard allows us to see ourselves. And for the most part, however unattractive his teenage self looks in the volume, it works wonderfully well.

— Blake Morrison, The Guardian

Knausgaard uses the plainspokenness that defined his previous books to powerfully evoke the depth of his obliviousness, the hollowness of his triumph. An entertaining portrait of the artist as a young lout.

— Kirkus (Starred Review)

With each volume of My Struggle that is published in English, Knausgaard emerges more clearly, in all his human ambiguity. Volume Four presents a portrait of the artist as a young man, marinated in alcohol and sexual failure. It is awkward, painful, occasionally shocking and often very funny, particularly if you have ever been (or known) a teenage boy.

— Hari Kunzru

Unapologetically crude, this entry is the funniest and least self-conscious in the series to date; there's a humorous momentum propelling the narrative as Karl Ove attempts to lose his virginity.

— Publishers Weekly

Books related to this event:

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My Struggle
Book 1
Karl Ove Knausgaard
2013 Edition