> Skip to content
About the book
  • Published: 2 July 2019
  • ISBN: 9780099590194
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 1168
  • RRP: $26.00

The End

My Struggle Book 6




The extraordinary final volume of ‘the most significant literary enterprise of our times’ (Guardian)

From the international phenomenon Karl Ove Knausgaard, the extraordinary final volume of ‘the most significant literary enterprise of our times’ (Guardian)

In this final novel in the My Struggle cycle, Karl Ove Knausgaard examines life, death, love and literature with unsparing rigour and begins to count the cost of his project.

The End reflects on the fallout from the earlier books, with Knausgaard facing the pressures of literary acclaim and its often shattering repercussions. It is at once a meditation on writing and its relationship with reality, and an account of a writer’s relationship with himself – from his ambitions to his doubts and frailties.

‘Epic… It creates a world that absorbs you utterly’
Sunday Times
‘Compulsively addictive’
Daily Telegraph
‘My Struggle has strong claim to be the great literary event of the twenty-first century’
Guardian
‘A mesmerising, thought-provoking and genuinely important work of art’
Spectator

  • Pub date: 2 July 2019
  • ISBN: 9780099590194
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 1168
  • RRP: $26.00

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.

Also by Karl Ove Knausgaard

See all

Praise for The End

“The End is worth the wait… his life is now destined to stand in the shadow of this truly monumental six-volume literary achievement. And perhaps there is no greater mark of artistic success than that.”

Andrew Anthony, Observer

“The “unartiness” is the most striking element of Knausgaard’s project. The impression of randomness and spontaneity… Knausgaard’s abandonment of fictional convention was particularly disruptive because he executed it in a realm where the strictures of artifice are most rigidly codified: domestic realism… Enthralling… The final passages of My Struggle are guilt-ridden and heartbreaking.”

Christian Lorentzen, Times Literary Supplement

“[The End] has a bone-dry wit, a certain knowingness about the project’s grandiose archetypes… [Knausgaard] laments the gulf between vaulting ambition and its haphazard realisation.”

Keith Miller, Literary Review


Related titles