Knausgaard, Karl Ove (Translated by Don Bartlett). BOYHOOD ISLAND: MY STRUGGLE: BOOK THREE. London, England: Harvill Secker, 2014. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 395 pages. As New/As New.

The third volume of the author's "My Struggle" six-volume novel. The translation is published in the United Kingdom as "Boyhood Island", 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 that sold out immediately after publication. The production values of the British Edition are superb and exemplary. The First Edition is now scarce. 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, placed, and dated (in the year of publication) in blue pen on the title page by the author: "Edinburgh 10/8/14 Karl Ove Knausgaard". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. It should also be noted that this copy has a fuller signature, which is the way he signed the first three volumes of "My Struggle" when they first came out. Alas, sheer demand, his rock-star status, and time constraint have made Knausgaard resort to shorthand, an Ondaatje-like swirl 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, placed, and dated 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 1846557224. $150.00

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