My Struggle: Book 4 (My Struggle, 4)


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My Struggle: Book 4 finds an eighteen-year-old Karl Ove Knausgaard in a tiny fishing village in northern Norway, where he has been hired as a schoolteacher and is living on his own for the first time. When the ferocious winter takes hold, Karl Ove–in the company of the Håfjord locals, a warm and earthy group who have spent their lives working, drinking, and joking together in close quarters–confronts private demons, reels from humiliations, and is elated by small victories. We are immersed, along with Karl Ove, in this world–sometimes claustrophobic, sometimes serenely beautiful–where memories and physical obsessions burn throughout the endless Arctic winter. In Book 4, Karl Ove must weigh the realities of his new life as a writer against everything he had believed it would be.

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