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Knausgaard, Karl Ove (Translated by Don Bartlett). DANCING IN THE DARK: MY STRUGGLE: BOOK FOUR. London, England: Harvill Secker, 2015. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 395 pages. As New/As New.

The fourth volume of the author's "My Struggle" six-volume novel. The translation is published in the United Kingdom as "Dancing In The Dark", and also as part of the British "My Struggle" six-volume cycle. It's the other way around in the United States, where "My Struggle" takes precedence over the individual volumes. Published in a regular first print run as a hardcover original only. Should not be confused with abundant copies that are signed on the publisher's bookplate, which is presented as a tipped-in page. Presents Karl Ove Knausgaard's "Min Kamp" Volume Four in a felicitous English translation. "Beautifully human. Being drawn into his world is an ineluctable pleasure and makes almost every other contemporary writer seem pathetically showy by example" (The Times of London). "Why would you read a six-volume, 3, 600 page Norwegian novel about a man writing a six-volume, 3, 600 page novel? The short answer is that it is breathtakingly good and so you cannot stop yourself, and would not want to" (The New York Times). 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, placed, and dated (on the day of publication) in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "London 2/3/15 Karl Ove Knausgaard". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in bookplate page that most signed copies of the British Edition are. It should also be noted that this copy has a fuller signature, closer as such to the way he signed the first three volumes of "My Struggle". Alas, sheer demand, his rock-star status, and time constraint have made Knausgaard resort to an Ondaatje-like whirl of a signature, a drastic abbreviation especially evident in the bookplate-signed copies. This title is a great book. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First British Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest living novelists. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER KARL OVE KNAUSGAARD "MY STRUGGLE" TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1846557240. $150.00

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