a death in the family - knausgaardKnausgaard’s 6-volume (5 published in English so far) “fictionalised memoir”, My Struggle, has been enormously popular both in Norway and beyond. Initially, reading this first volume, I couldn’t quite see why: the pace felt pedestrian, the level of detail verged on the banal, and the whole thing seemed self-indulgent. But by the end, it had worked its magic. I felt as though I’d watched the fabric of a life being unfolded, slowly and deliberately, without any attempt to hide the stitching. How Knausgaard stretches this across another 5 volumes, I don’t know. With patience, though, A Death in the Family became a pleasure.

Set primarily in various locations around Norway, and partly in Stockholm, Sweden.

Recommended by @lewisalloyd.

Buy the book here.