Karl Ove Knausgård
The America of the Soul. Essays 1996-2013
Sjelens Amerika. Tekster 1996-2013
Across 17 essays that span the author’s career to date, Karl Ove Knausgård meditates on themes familiar from his fiction – where the conscious and unconscious meet, the limits on privacy, his intense and intensely personal reading of literature, philosophy, and art history, and the gulf between and overlap of creative and daily lives.
As much as they impress for the enormity of their ambition, enterprise and their remarkable erudition, the essays in The America of the Soul demonstrate Knausgård’s trademark energetic self-scrutiny, and his deep longing – so familiar from My Struggle – fearlessly to experience the authentic reality of the world.
‘Knausgård’s essayistic capabilities are now world-famous, but it was only this year that his first collection of essays saw the light. … Staggering.’Morgenbladet