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  • Published: 2 March 2021
  • ISBN: 9781846559419
  • Imprint: Harvill Secker
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $39.99

In the Land of the Cyclops

Essays




A brilliantly wide-ranging essay collection from the author of My Struggle, spanning literature, philosophy, art and how our daily and creative lives intertwine.

A brilliantly wide-ranging essay collection from the author of My Struggle, spanning literature, philosophy, art and how our daily and creative lives intertwine.

In the Land of the Cyclops is Karl Ove Knausgaard's first collection of essays to be published in English, and these brilliant and wide-ranging pieces meditate on themes familiar from his groundbreaking fiction.

Here, Knausgaard discusses Madame Bovary, the Northern Lights, Ingmar Bergman, and the work of an array of writers and visual artists, including Knut Hamsun, Michel Houellebecq, Anselm Kiefer and Cindy Sherman.

These essays beautifully capture Knausgaard's ability to mediate between the deeply personal and the universal, demonstrating his trademark self-scrutiny and his deep longing to authentically see, understand, and experience the world.

  • Published: 2 March 2021
  • ISBN: 9781846559419
  • Imprint: Harvill Secker
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $39.99

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 In the Land of the Cyclops

A profound (and profoundly eclectic) collection of essays

Daily Telegraph, *Summer Reads of 2021*

A modern Roland Barthes... Knausgaard has a gift for stopping the reader in their tracks with an unexpected, casual profundity

Steven Poole, Daily Telegraph

With this piece, Knausgaard has achieved what he elsewhere says he hopes to do as a novelist, which is to relay his experience as honestly as he can, gambling that it will somehow be universal. Here...he has diagnosed an entire modern psyche... Against which, true thinkers and writers, such as Knausgaard, are our only hope

Steven Poole, Daily Telegraph

Clear, elegant, dense and engrossing... Even hardened Knausgaard sceptics...should find something to admire here; and fans will be thrilled

Lucy Atkins, Sunday Times

Perceptive and inspiring

Simon Humphreys, Mail on Sunday

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