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July 28, 2014

"I Am Someone, Look At Me" — Karl Ove Knausgaard

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From the New York Times: "Hailed as the 21st century's answer to Proust for his controversial six-volume autobiographical work, 'My Struggle,' Karl Ove Knausgaard responds to his sudden celebrity with this essay on his tortured relationship with fame — its intense lure, its perils and the Scandinavian culture that condemns its pursuit."

The essay appears in its entirety here.

Perhaps of interest is the fact that this book sold 450,000 copies in the author's native Norway, population 5 million.

July 28, 2014 at 08:01 PM | Permalink


A tenth of the population in sales (I rather doubt that institutional sales play a significant role in the 450k sold): that's market saturation. He has struck a common chord with his countrymen and women. I rather doubt that Dickens, or Twain (let alone Proust, Camus, or the whole of the existentialists, together) could count such a high proportion of of the population as their readers. But, does bode well?

This degree of market saturation is a powerful incentive to learn more about this work. The last multi-volume best seller with roughly the same title saw volume I published in 1925 and volume II in 1926. Nothing good followed.

I trust that this is a deep, philosophical product of that latitude's perpetual Seasonal Affective Disorder inducing arctic night.

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Jul 29, 2014 2:57:41 AM

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