Knausgaard, Karl Ove (Translated by Don Bartlett). A DEATH IN THE FAMILY, A MAN IN LOVE, BOYHOOD ISLAND, DANCING IN THE DARK: MY STRUGGLE: BOOKS ONE, TWO, THREE, AND FOUR. London, England: Harvill Secker, 2012. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 1600 pages. Fine/Fine.

Rare Karl Ove Knausgaard collectible set. The first, second, third, and fourth volumes of the author's "My Struggle" six-volume novel. The translations are individually published in the United Kingdom as "A Death In The Family", "A Man In Love", "Boyhood Island", and "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 regular first print runs that sold out immediately after publication. The production values of the British Editions are superb and exemplary. The First Editions are now rare. Presents Karl Ove Knausgaard's "Min Kamp" Volumes One, Two, Three, and Four in felicitous English translations. 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. "Some Rain Must Fall" (Volume Five) appeared in early-2016. Volume Six (the final one) appears in 2017. Meanwhile, here are the first four, 1600 pages in all. An absolute "must-have" set for Karl Ove Knausgaard collectors. These copies of "A Death In The Family", A Man In Love", "Boyhood Island", and "Dancing In The Dark" are all very boldly and beautifully signed, placed, and dated in black pen-marker on the title page by the author: "London 23/5/14 Karl Ove Knausgaard" (in the case of Volumes One, Two, and Three) and "London 2/3/15 Karl Ove Knausgaard" (in the case of Volume Four). They are all signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. It should also be noted that all four have a fuller signature, which is the way he signed the first three volumes of "My Struggle" and a few copies of the fourth (such as this copy of it) when they first came out. In particular, his signatures on "A Death In The Family" and "A Man In Love", the "Holy Grail", are magnificent, the most beautiful we have ever seen. 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. These titles are great books. As far as we know, this is the only such signed, placed, and dated (with fuller signatures) set of the First British Edition/First Printing available online and is in uniformly and especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, pristine beauties. Please note: All four books are now rare as true First Editions, "A Man In Love" being the rarest. Knausgaard will probably NOT sign copies in the future in the same way he did for this set. A rare signed set thus. One of the greatest living novelists. A fine collectible set. (SEE ALSO OTHER KARL OVE KNAUSGAARD "MY STRUGGLE" TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1846554675. $1500.00

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