I started writing reviews in the year Josipovici's review was published
(1996) and had not read an author entirely new to me that I believed was
a masterpiece. As I read Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle, I thought that this is perhaps the closest I will ever get. Such is the reach of the word masterpiece
beyond craft and industry considerations, my instinct was not to review
at all but to thrust the book into the hands of friends for whom
reading is absolutely central to their lives (not many).
But I must write something. Reading My Struggle was often like
reliving fragments of my own life – an intensity resonating in a void –
and a review would mean explicating this in formal terms, and that
wouldn’t be right. Yet the terms available seemed too personal,
something to be shared only by handing the book over in silence. How
then to recommend?
Lovely review from the matchless Mr Mitchelmore of Karl Ove Knausgaard's highly-praised A Death in the Family.