The Writer’s Writer


Karl Ove Knausgaard, the handsome Norwegian writer, is traveling through the U.S. giving talks and readings and interviews. It’s as good a time as any to start reading his 6-part autobiography, My Struggle, especially if you are a writer. As the New York Times reports, Knausgaard’s American counterparts are all raving about this writer—Jeffrey Eugenides, Lorin Stein, Sheila Heti, Zadie Smith, and others are caught up in the brilliance of Knausgaard:

Why has My Struggle so excited the literary world? The most judicious arbiters are uncharacteristically exuberant in their explanations. Mr. Stein said that Mr. Knausgaard’s invention of a “narrator who is a real person and is in charge of the story” has “solved a big problem of the contemporary novel.”

Diksha Basu is the author of The Windfall. You can find her on Twitter @dikshabasu. More from this author →