While his earlier novels were well received in his native Norway, it was the 2009 publication of My Struggle, the first of six autobiographical novels, that made Karl Ove Knausgaard successful— and controversial. The greatest ever publishing phenomenon in Norway, the series exposed his family and friends, and provoked legal action and death threats. It also garnered glowing reviews and award nominations, including the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Three of the six volumes are now available in English. But his global success has come at a cost. “If I had known then what I know now, then no, definitely no, I wouldn’t dare,” Knausgaard says. “But I’m glad I did. I will never do anything like this again, though, for sure. I have given away my soul.”
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