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’
‘My Struggle has strong claim to be the great literary event of the twenty-first century’
‘A mesmerising, thought-provoking and genuinely important work of art’
“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