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  • Published: 1 October 2015
  • ISBN: 9780099581529
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 560
  • RRP: $22.99

Dancing in the Dark

My Struggle Book 4




A beautiful, funny, vital novel of teenage years and teenage mistakes from the international phenomenon, Karl Ove Knausgaard

A beautiful, funny, vital novel of teenage years and teenage mistakes from the international phenomenon, Karl Ove Knausgaard
Fresh out of high school, Karl Ove moves to a remote fishing village to work as a teacher. He has no interest in the job itself – or in any other job for that matter, his sole aim is to save money and start writing.

All goes well to begin with but as the nights grow longer, his life takes a darker turn. Drinking causes him blackouts, his repeated attempts at losing his virginity end in humiliation, and to his own great distress he develops romantic feelings towards one of his 13-year-old students. And all the while the shadow of his father looms large.

‘Beautifully human… Being drawn into Knausgaard’s world is an ineluctable pleasure’
The Times

  • Pub date: 1 October 2015
  • ISBN: 9780099581529
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 560
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

Karl Ove Knausgaard

Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle cycle has been heralded as a masterpiece all over the world. From A Death in the Family to The End, the novels move through childhood into adulthood and, together, form an enthralling portrait of human life. Knausgaard has been awarded the Norwegian Critics Prize for Literature, the Brage Prize and the Jerusalem Prize. His work, which also includes Out of the World, A Time for Everything and the Seasons Quartet, is published in thirty-five languages.

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Praise for Dancing in the Dark

“A living hero”

Jonathan Lethem, Guardian

“A work of genius”

Ben Lerner, London Review of Books

“Fires every nerve ending while summoning in the reader the sheer sense of how amazing it is to be alive”

Jeffrey Eugenides, New York Times

“Beautifully human... Being drawn into his world is an ineluctable pleasure”

Melissa Katsoulis, The Times

“It has strong claim to be the great literary event of the twenty-first century”

Guardian

“Why would you read a six-volume, 3,600 page Norwegian novel about a man writing a six-volume, 3,600 page novel? The short answer is that it is breathtakingly good and so you cannot stop yourself, and would not want to”

New York Times Book Review

“It's unbelievable...I need the next volume like crack. It's completely blown my mind”

Zadie Smith

“Perhaps the most significant literary enterprise of our times”

Rachel Cusk, Guardian

“Knausgaard perfectly captures the heady mixture of elation and confusion to be found in late adolescence... My Struggle remains addictive, intensely funny and intensely serious. Like the young man here portrayed, it is "full to the brim with energy and life"”

Times Literary Supplement

“At the end of this bittersweet stint in the far north, translated again with both dynamism and delicacy by Don Bartlett, the last track invoked happens to be that talisman of the late John Peel: “Teenage Kicks” by The Undertones. For all its manic overdub of detail, Dancing in the Dark delivers a knockout kick”

Boyd Tonkin, Independent

“[Much] more fun than Proust... beautifully human… Being drawn into his world is an ineluctable pleasure and makes almost every other contemporary writer seem pathetically showy by example”

The Times

“The narrator may be intellectually earnest, an aesthete who mediates on the sublime, but he is also a hapless fool, prone to Chaplinesque pratfalls. In exposing himself as a bundle of contradictions, Knausgaard allows us to see ourselves...it works wonderfully well”

Blake Morrison, Guardian

“If the function of literature is to take you out of your own life and involve you in someone else’s then My Struggle is literature…gripping”

John Carey, Sunday Times

“The most appealing in the series so far”

Daily Express

“Irresistible”

Financial Times

“If you have read the first one, you will need to read on – and you shouldn’t stop reading until the end”

Toby Lichtig, Literary Review

“So intense, so passionate and so compulsively readable”

Malcolm Forbes, Glasgow Sunday Herald

“An elegiac kind of comic novel, and it is pure Karl Ove Knausgaard”

Dwight Garner, New York Times

“Addictive”

Moira Hodgson, Wall Street Journal (Europe)

“His work is transformative: to read it is to experience his life alongside him…. To read it is also to feel more human, more certain of what is means to be alive… It’s a brilliant depiction of an intense, philosophical and provocative young man”

Joanne Hayden, Sunday Business Post

“[Knausgaard] writes a clear prose that transforms ordinary events, detailing the span of his life with such directness that everything seems to be happening in real time”

Rodney Welch, Washington Post

“Of huge literary significance. Zadie Smith, who described Knausgaard as “like crack”, was right: it’s addictive stuff”

Bookseller

“If the function of literature is to take you out of your own life and involve you in someone else’s, then My Struggle is literature”

John Carey, Sunday Times

“In exposing himself as a bundle of contradictions, Knausgaard also allows us to see ourselves. And for the most part, however unattractive his teenage self looks in this volume, it works wonderfully well”

Blake Morrison, Guardian

“[Knausgaard] captures a very specific moment in life, the cusp of adulthood, with masterful precision”

William Leith, Evening Standard

“The fleetest, funniest and – in keeping with its adolescent protagonist – most sophomoric of the volumes translated into English thus far”

International New York Times

“Brilliant: the ribald confessions of a frustrated student teacher in a remote arctic village. American Pie meets Kierkegaard”

Melissa Katsoulis, The Times

“No one who has followed the series from the outset would want to be without it”

Tim Martin, Daily Telegraph

“[Knausgaard] combines mundane observation and self-obsession with deep reflection, and turns a phrase good enough to make it all thoroughly addictive”

Will Hodgkinson, The Times

“A living hero”

Jonathan Lethem, Guardian

“A work of genius”

Ben Lerner, London Review of Books

“Fires every nerve ending while summoning in the reader the sheer sense of how amazing it is to be alive”

Jeffrey Eugenides, New York Times

“Beautifully human... Being drawn into his world is an ineluctable pleasure”

Melissa Katsoulis, The Times

“It has strong claim to be the great literary event of the twenty-first century”

Guardian

“Why would you read a six-volume, 3,600 page Norwegian novel about a man writing a six-volume, 3,600 page novel? The short answer is that it is breathtakingly good and so you cannot stop yourself, and would not want to”

New York Times Book Review

“It's unbelievable...I need the next volume like crack. It's completely blown my mind”

Zadie Smith

“Perhaps the most significant literary enterprise of our times”

Rachel Cusk, Guardian

“Knausgaard perfectly captures the heady mixture of elation and confusion to be found in late adolescence... My Struggle remains addictive, intensely funny and intensely serious. Like the young man here portrayed, it is "full to the brim with energy and life"”

Times Literary Supplement

“At the end of this bittersweet stint in the far north, translated again with both dynamism and delicacy by Don Bartlett, the last track invoked happens to be that talisman of the late John Peel: “Teenage Kicks” by The Undertones. For all its manic overdub of detail, Dancing in the Dark delivers a knockout kick”

Boyd Tonkin, Independent

“[Much] more fun than Proust... beautifully human… Being drawn into his world is an ineluctable pleasure and makes almost every other contemporary writer seem pathetically showy by example”

The Times

“The narrator may be intellectually earnest, an aesthete who mediates on the sublime, but he is also a hapless fool, prone to Chaplinesque pratfalls. In exposing himself as a bundle of contradictions, Knausgaard allows us to see ourselves...it works wonderfully well”

Blake Morrison, Guardian

“If the function of literature is to take you out of your own life and involve you in someone else’s then My Struggle is literature…gripping”

John Carey, Sunday Times

“The most appealing in the series so far”

Daily Express

“Irresistible”

Financial Times

“If you have read the first one, you will need to read on – and you shouldn’t stop reading until the end”

Toby Lichtig, Literary Review

“So intense, so passionate and so compulsively readable”

Malcolm Forbes, Glasgow Sunday Herald

“An elegiac kind of comic novel, and it is pure Karl Ove Knausgaard”

Dwight Garner, New York Times

“Addictive”

Moira Hodgson, Wall Street Journal (Europe)

“His work is transformative: to read it is to experience his life alongside him…. To read it is also to feel more human, more certain of what is means to be alive… It’s a brilliant depiction of an intense, philosophical and provocative young man”

Joanne Hayden, Sunday Business Post

“[Knausgaard] writes a clear prose that transforms ordinary events, detailing the span of his life with such directness that everything seems to be happening in real time”

Rodney Welch, Washington Post

“Of huge literary significance. Zadie Smith, who described Knausgaard as “like crack”, was right: it’s addictive stuff”

Bookseller

“If the function of literature is to take you out of your own life and involve you in someone else’s, then My Struggle is literature”

John Carey, Sunday Times

“In exposing himself as a bundle of contradictions, Knausgaard also allows us to see ourselves. And for the most part, however unattractive his teenage self looks in this volume, it works wonderfully well”

Blake Morrison, Guardian

“[Knausgaard] captures a very specific moment in life, the cusp of adulthood, with masterful precision”

William Leith, Evening Standard

“The fleetest, funniest and – in keeping with its adolescent protagonist – most sophomoric of the volumes translated into English thus far”

International New York Times

“Brilliant: the ribald confessions of a frustrated student teacher in a remote arctic village. American Pie meets Kierkegaard”

Melissa Katsoulis, The Times

“No one who has followed the series from the outset would want to be without it”

Tim Martin, Daily Telegraph

“[Knausgaard] combines mundane observation and self-obsession with deep reflection, and turns a phrase good enough to make it all thoroughly addictive”

Will Hodgkinson, The Times


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