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Some Rain Must Fall (My Struggle 5) - Karl Ove Knausgaard

Some Rain Must Fall (My Struggle 5) - Karl Ove Knausgaard

Title: Some Rain Must Fall

Author:  Karl Ove Knausgaard

ISBN:  9781846558276

Weight:  990g

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Some Rain Must Fall by Karl Ove Knausgaard

At twenty, Karl Ove moves to Bergen.  As the youngest student to be admitted to the prestigious Writing Academy, he arrives full of excitement and writerly aspirations.

Soon though, he is stripped of youthful illusions.  His writing is revealed to be puerile and clichéd, and his social efforts are a dismal failure.  Awkward in company and hopeless with women, he drowns his shame in drink and rock music.

Then, little by little, things take a brighter turn.  He falls in love, gives up writing in favour of the steady rewards of literary criticism, 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.

In this fifth instalment of the My Struggle cycle, Karl Ove discloses his personal and often deeply shameful battles with introversion, alcohol abuse, infidelity and artistic ambition.  Knausgaard writes with unflinching honesty to deliver the full drama of everyday life, in a breathless novel poised between a desperate yearning to be good, and the terrible power of transgression.

Peer & Press Reviews

[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

[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

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

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title Some Rain Must Fall
Translator Don Bartlett
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Series My Struggle – book 5
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher Vintage Publishing
Imprint Harvill Secker
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13 9781846558276
ISBN 10 1846558271
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 663
Size (h x w x d) 241 x 161 x 58mm
Weight 1.299kg [heavy book]
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Sam Barker
Jacket photography Linn Heidi Stokkedal / Millennium Images

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