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  • Published: 3 October 2016
  • ISBN: 9780099590187
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 672
  • RRP: $22.99

Some Rain Must Fall

My Struggle Book 5




An exhilarating story of ambition, joy and failure in early manhood from the international phenomenon, Karl Ove Knausgaard

An exhilarating story of ambition, joy and failure in early manhood from the international phenomenon, Karl Ove Knausgaard

As the youngest student to be admitted to Bergen’s prestigious Writing Academy, Karl Ove arrives full of excitement and writerly aspirations. Soon though, he is stripped of his youthful illusions. His writing is revealed to be puerile and clichéd, and his social efforts are a dismal failure. He drowns his shame in drink and rock music.

Then, little by little, things begin to change. He falls in love, gives up writing and the beginnings of an adult life take shape. That is, until his self-destructive binges and the irresistible lure of the writer’s struggle pull him back.

‘Breathtaking… Knausgaard has a rare talent for making everyday life seem fascinating’
The Times

  • Pub date: 3 October 2016
  • ISBN: 9780099590187
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 672
  • 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 Some Rain Must Fall

“Bracing, maddening and utterly compelling.”

Robert Collins, The Sunday Times

“A tremendous, maddening, addictive, gripping”

Observer

“The world’s most-talked-about memoirist… Utterly compelling… Ultimately it is the detail of Knausgaard’s outpouring that makes us realise, paradoxically, how unrecoverable and unknowable our past lives are.”

Andrew Neather, Evening Standard

“It is a pen-and-paper virtual reality; after reading it you feel that another past has been downloaded into your mind.”

Laurence Scott, Financial Times

“Breathtaking... Knausgaard has a rare talent for making everyday life seem fascinating”

The Times

“For Knausgaard's obsessive fans, this cycle is the most exciting literary project of our times... Knausgaard is the most humane writer in the world… He writes beautifully… It is precisely in the commonness of the lovingly recorded details that these books spin their magic.”

Daniel Swift, Spectator

“Raw, fast, improvisatory, unfettered. It’s addictive high-wire writing in which he unflinchingly reveals everything about himself.”

Shortlist

“[Some Rain Must Fall] is Knausgaard at his best… It’s a rare novelist who writes about student bars and the Happy Mondays at the same time as yearning for spiritual salvation.”

Max Liu, Independent

“Part of Knausgaard’s appeal is believability: his books may be called novels but we read them as memoirs. The meticulous detail seems to guarantee their authenticity… Childhood, sex, love, art, work and death are there too, writ small from his own perspective, but compellingly observed.”

Blake Morrison, Guardian

“As joyful to read as bingeing on a TV box set”

James Kidd, Independent

“Tremendous, maddening, addictive autobiographical epic… Gripping account of early manhood... His style is transparent, forward-going, not held up by metaphor – Don Bartlett’s translation is outstanding… [Knausgaard’s] tone is self-lacerating, fanatical and often funny… He is ambitious to write a novel that will make his name and we suppress, as we read, the acknowledgment that this achievement, this extraordinary work of which he has been dreaming, is the book we hold in our hands.”

Kate Kellaway, Observer

“[Knausgaard’s] ecstatic descriptions of how loving [Tonje] transforms everything – his body, Bergen and, crucially, his writing – are breathtaking. Knausgaard has a rare talent for making everyday life seem fascinating, but get him started on something as wild as meeting your soulmate or finally finding the voice you always longed to write in after nearly a decade of failure and magic happens.”

Melissa Katsoulis, The Times

“It's about a man in love with writing about himself, more or less, and goddamn if it isn't enthralling… It's bloody brill.”

Lucy Wood, Sugarscape

“Reverberates with life’s core questions… In its depiction of the torment of writer’s block and a young adult’s struggle to construct a sense of self, both on and off the page, it is brilliant.”

Anita Sethi, Mail on Sunday

“This is a man trying to recapture his history in all its unheroic moments, to pay full attention to its life and the ordinary share of pain and beauty he's been accorded.”

Times Literary Supplement

“In Some Rain Must Fall he also shows a startling ability to re-create the world of his younger self, still unformed, his life path not mapped out, no literary success prefigured or expected.”

Bookseller

“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

“Compulsively gripping.”

Guardian

“Expect beautifully written angst”

Independent

“The lack of stylishness works to Knausgaard’s advantage: it aids the impression that there’s an unusual lack of artifice to his work.”

Edmund Gordon, Times Literary Supplement

“The sense of movement that animated the first volumes is back.”

Phillip Maughan, Literary Review

“Charts his battles with alcohol abuse, ambition and loneliness with staggering honesty.”

Esquire

“Literary girth doesn’t always translate into literary worth. Fortunately, that’s not the case in the work of Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard, who has taken the idea of the autobiographical epic to altogether loftier plains.”

Tanya Sweeney, Sunday Business Post

“This is the struggle of a young writer in what one may call the Bildungsroman book of Min Kamp”

Winstonsdad

“Well worth the carry-on weight... He’s a thrillingly unusual writer, with a painterly eye for detail. This is perfect for hip-lit readers in search of a highbrow snack by the pool.”

Business Post

“He writes with staggering intimacy and unexpected grace… Superbly translated by Don Bartlett, whose epic work here is not often enough praised… Knausgaard is a great writer of menace… For many people, Knausgaard has changed a common expectation about what reading is for, and what it does.”

Daniel Swift, Oldie

“Knausgaard is more than just a bestseller.”

Fiona Wilson, The Times

“[The My Struggle series is] extraordinary, strangely addictive, at times difficult to read. It is perhaps the most candid and wide-ranging portrayal of an author's life ever written.”

Josh Glancy, Sunday Times

“The new phenomenon of 21st century´s literature… My Struggle is a Proustian exploration of 21st century life, a meditation that includes digression and evocations of a time that has passed but remains vivid in the memory, with no artifice other than the bare exposure of intimacy, in a unique perspective never before accomplished in such a microscopic detail.”

Cristina Villadoniga, Culture Trip

“Some Rain Must Fall feels like the crucible of Knausgaard’s struggle… A vital and quite brilliant totality: a portrait of the artist who is not yet quite an artist; a portrait of a man who not quite yet a man… Astonishing, brutal and consistently absorbing project’”

Stuart Evars, Observer

“[It] is arguably the richest and most powerful of the sequence.”

Paul Binding, Times Literary Supplement, Book of the Year

“[It is] brilliant.”

William Leith, Evening Standard, Book of the Year

“My Karl Ove Knausgaard obsession continued into 2016 with Some Rain Must Fall.”

Will Hodgkinson, The Times, Book of the Year

“Knausgaard has taken the idea of the epic autobiographical novel to altogether more dizzying plains… A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man for our times.”

Irish Independent, Book of the Year

“[It] is wholly engrossing. In breath-catching detail it recounts the author’s many humiliations, occasional triumphs, and eventual catastrophes as an aspiring writer… Few writers have been this honest.”

Rob Doyle, Irish Independent, Book of the Year

“One of the startling joys of My Struggle’s looping, non-chronological form is that reading collides with the processes of memory… [A] beautiful installment.”

Laurence Scott, Financial Times

“Bracing, maddening and utterly compelling.”

Robert Collins, The Sunday Times

“A tremendous, maddening, addictive, gripping”

Observer

“The world’s most-talked-about memoirist… Utterly compelling… Ultimately it is the detail of Knausgaard’s outpouring that makes us realise, paradoxically, how unrecoverable and unknowable our past lives are.”

Andrew Neather, Evening Standard

“It is a pen-and-paper virtual reality; after reading it you feel that another past has been downloaded into your mind.”

Laurence Scott, Financial Times

“Breathtaking... Knausgaard has a rare talent for making everyday life seem fascinating”

The Times

“For Knausgaard's obsessive fans, this cycle is the most exciting literary project of our times... Knausgaard is the most humane writer in the world… He writes beautifully… It is precisely in the commonness of the lovingly recorded details that these books spin their magic.”

Daniel Swift, Spectator

“Raw, fast, improvisatory, unfettered. It’s addictive high-wire writing in which he unflinchingly reveals everything about himself.”

Shortlist

“[Some Rain Must Fall] is Knausgaard at his best… It’s a rare novelist who writes about student bars and the Happy Mondays at the same time as yearning for spiritual salvation.”

Max Liu, Independent

“Part of Knausgaard’s appeal is believability: his books may be called novels but we read them as memoirs. The meticulous detail seems to guarantee their authenticity… Childhood, sex, love, art, work and death are there too, writ small from his own perspective, but compellingly observed.”

Blake Morrison, Guardian

“As joyful to read as bingeing on a TV box set”

James Kidd, Independent

“Tremendous, maddening, addictive autobiographical epic… Gripping account of early manhood... His style is transparent, forward-going, not held up by metaphor – Don Bartlett’s translation is outstanding… [Knausgaard’s] tone is self-lacerating, fanatical and often funny… He is ambitious to write a novel that will make his name and we suppress, as we read, the acknowledgment that this achievement, this extraordinary work of which he has been dreaming, is the book we hold in our hands.”

Kate Kellaway, Observer

“[Knausgaard’s] ecstatic descriptions of how loving [Tonje] transforms everything – his body, Bergen and, crucially, his writing – are breathtaking. Knausgaard has a rare talent for making everyday life seem fascinating, but get him started on something as wild as meeting your soulmate or finally finding the voice you always longed to write in after nearly a decade of failure and magic happens.”

Melissa Katsoulis, The Times

“It's about a man in love with writing about himself, more or less, and goddamn if it isn't enthralling… It's bloody brill.”

Lucy Wood, Sugarscape

“Reverberates with life’s core questions… In its depiction of the torment of writer’s block and a young adult’s struggle to construct a sense of self, both on and off the page, it is brilliant.”

Anita Sethi, Mail on Sunday

“This is a man trying to recapture his history in all its unheroic moments, to pay full attention to its life and the ordinary share of pain and beauty he's been accorded.”

Times Literary Supplement

“In Some Rain Must Fall he also shows a startling ability to re-create the world of his younger self, still unformed, his life path not mapped out, no literary success prefigured or expected.”

Bookseller

“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

“Compulsively gripping.”

Guardian

“Expect beautifully written angst”

Independent

“The lack of stylishness works to Knausgaard’s advantage: it aids the impression that there’s an unusual lack of artifice to his work.”

Edmund Gordon, Times Literary Supplement

“The sense of movement that animated the first volumes is back.”

Phillip Maughan, Literary Review

“Charts his battles with alcohol abuse, ambition and loneliness with staggering honesty.”

Esquire

“Literary girth doesn’t always translate into literary worth. Fortunately, that’s not the case in the work of Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard, who has taken the idea of the autobiographical epic to altogether loftier plains.”

Tanya Sweeney, Sunday Business Post

“This is the struggle of a young writer in what one may call the Bildungsroman book of Min Kamp”

Winstonsdad

“Well worth the carry-on weight... He’s a thrillingly unusual writer, with a painterly eye for detail. This is perfect for hip-lit readers in search of a highbrow snack by the pool.”

Business Post

“He writes with staggering intimacy and unexpected grace… Superbly translated by Don Bartlett, whose epic work here is not often enough praised… Knausgaard is a great writer of menace… For many people, Knausgaard has changed a common expectation about what reading is for, and what it does.”

Daniel Swift, Oldie

“Knausgaard is more than just a bestseller.”

Fiona Wilson, The Times

“[The My Struggle series is] extraordinary, strangely addictive, at times difficult to read. It is perhaps the most candid and wide-ranging portrayal of an author's life ever written.”

Josh Glancy, Sunday Times

“The new phenomenon of 21st century´s literature… My Struggle is a Proustian exploration of 21st century life, a meditation that includes digression and evocations of a time that has passed but remains vivid in the memory, with no artifice other than the bare exposure of intimacy, in a unique perspective never before accomplished in such a microscopic detail.”

Cristina Villadoniga, Culture Trip

“Some Rain Must Fall feels like the crucible of Knausgaard’s struggle… A vital and quite brilliant totality: a portrait of the artist who is not yet quite an artist; a portrait of a man who not quite yet a man… Astonishing, brutal and consistently absorbing project’”

Stuart Evars, Observer

“[It] is arguably the richest and most powerful of the sequence.”

Paul Binding, Times Literary Supplement, Book of the Year

“[It is] brilliant.”

William Leith, Evening Standard, Book of the Year

“My Karl Ove Knausgaard obsession continued into 2016 with Some Rain Must Fall.”

Will Hodgkinson, The Times, Book of the Year

“My Karl Ove Knausgaard obsession continued into 2016 with Some Rain Must Fall.”

Will Hodgkinson, The Times, Book of the Year

“Knausgaard has taken the idea of the epic autobiographical novel to altogether more dizzying plains… A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man for our times.”

Irish Independent, Book of the Year

“[It] is wholly engrossing. In breath-catching detail it recounts the author’s many humiliations, occasional triumphs, and eventual catastrophes as an aspiring writer… Few writers have been this honest.”

Rob Doyle, Irish Independent, Book of the Year

“One of the startling joys of My Struggle’s looping, non-chronological form is that reading collides with the processes of memory… [A] beautiful installment.”

Laurence Scott, Financial Times


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