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The best-selling literary pariah

The Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard, has made compelling fiction out of the raw materials of his own life

By Joanna Kavenna   April 2014

Knausgaard’s latest book takes us back to his 1970s childhood in southern Norway ©ISTOCK

Boyhood Island (My Struggle: 3) by Karl Ove Knausgaard (Harvill Secker£12.99)

Boyhood Island, by the Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard, is an impressionistic “autobiographical novel,” the third in a six-part series, describing the life of the author, or at least the life of a putatively real person called Karl Ove Knausgaard. The first two books, published in English under the Proustian titles A Death in the Family and A Man in Love, are narrated by the adult “Knausgaard,” as…

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