"The fourth part of the sensational My Struggle series that has been hailed as perhaps the most significant literary enterprise of our times (Guardian)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..."
The fourth part of a sensational literary cycle that has been hailed as 'perhaps the most important literary enterprise of our times' (Rachel Cusk, Guardian).
Shortlisted for Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize 2016.
"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
Karl Ove Knausgaard's first novel, Out of the World, was the first ever debut novel to win the Norwegian Critics' Prize and his second, A Time to Every Purpose Under Heaven, was widely acclaimed. A Death in the Family, the first of the My Struggle cycle of novels, was awarded the prestigious Brage Award. The My Struggle cycle has been heralded as a masterpiece wherever it appears.