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Knausgaard, Karl Ove (Translated by Don Bartlett). MY STRUGGLE: BOOK THREE: BOYHOOD ISLAND. Brooklyn, NY: Archipelago Books, 2014. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 430 pages. As New/As New.

The third volume of the author's "My Struggle" six-volume novel. The translation is also known, particularly in the United Kingdom, as "Boyhood Island". The first appearance of the title in hardcover in the United States. Until now, all books published by Archipelago Books are softcover originals only. However, this book's bestseller success prompted the publisher to issue all six volumes in a Uniform Hardcover Edition. The softcover editions will continue to be published simultaneously in conjunction with another publisher, FSG. Presents Karl Ove Knausgaard's "Min Kamp" Volume Three in a felicitous English translation. "Finds us in the sensuous realm of Karl Ove's childhood. It's the early 1970's and the family's trajectory: Upwardly mobile. The future seems limitless. In painstaking, sometimes self-lacerating detail, Knausgaard paints a world familiar to anyone who can recall the intensity and novelty of childhood experience, one in which children and adults lead parallel lives that never meet" (Publisher's blurb). What is the significance of, and why all the fuss behind, Karl Ove Knausgaard's "My Struggle"? It is the most full-fledged break from - and probably signals the end of - the mannerism, academicism, post-modernism, and all other pretentious and tired isms of our time. It announces the arrival of a major original voice in literature, writing without the crutch called "concept", in deceptively simple yet eloquent prose. It marks the rejection of our obsession with "celebrity lives", by focussing on the tiniest details of one man's ordinary life as well as deeply painful struggle. In sum, it represents, flaws and all, nothing less than the beginning of a new way of writing and possibly, a new era in literature. Time will tell if "My Struggle" is our century's response to Proust's "In Search of Lost Time" (1913-1927), as its most ardent admirers (and its publisher) assert that it is. An absolute "must-have" title for Karl Ove Knausgaard collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Karl Ove Knausgaard. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. This title is a great book. This is one of very few signed copies of the First American Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: All books published by Archipelago Books are softcover originals only. However, this book's bestseller success prompted the publisher to issue all six volumes in Uniform Hardcover Editions. Our copies of Volume One and Two are signed in the same pen on the same page by the author, and therefore make for a lovely, collectible uniform set. A very scarce signed copy thus. One of the greatest living novelists. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER KARL OVE KNAUSGAARD "MY STRUGGLE" TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1935744860. $100.00

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