(K. Brent Tomer),
Home and Away: Writing the Beautiful Game. By Karl Ove Knausgaard and Fredrik Ekelund. Harvill Secker; 412 pages; £18.99. To be published in America by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in January 2017.
“MY STRUGGLE”, the six-volume, 3,600-page series of autobiographical books by Karl Ove Knausgaard, is a daunting work. In it he ruminates on his life and his thoughts, often in excruciating detail. Readers looking for a gentle introduction to Mr Knausgaard’s work could do worse than pick up a copy of “Home and Away”, a new book co-written with Fredrik Ekelund, a Swedish author.
The book is an exchange of letters between the two men, around the time of the 2014 World Cup, which was held in Brazil. With Mr Ekelund in Rio de Janeiro for the championship and Mr Knausgaard at home in Sweden, they write about the experience of watching the tournament from start to finish.
In common with Mr Knausgaard’s other works, the book has its weak points. Both men have a habit of long, winding sentences with plenty of commas, which some readers may find tricky to follow. At various points, one of the…Continue reading