What They Said: Karl Ove Knausgård




“When I started out on Min Kamp, I was so extremely frustrated over my life and my writing. I wanted to write something majestic and grand, something like Hamlet or Moby-Dick, but found myself with this small life—looking after kids, changing diapers, quarreling with my wife, unable to write anything, really. So I started to write about that. During that process, I realized that this was material, I didn’t like it, but still, it was something, not nothing. If you read Hölderlin or Celan, and admire their writing, it’s very shameful, writing about diapers, it’s completely without dignity. But then, that became the point. That was the whole point. Not to try to go somewhere else than this.”


Karl Ove Knausgård,


From The Paris Review, 2013

1 thought on “What They Said: Karl Ove Knausgård”

  1. good scribing. real. nay jocular. good scope.. wow a dude wrote this. he writes goodums for a guy… most dudes are losing the blood letting magical music that is true writing…

    that’s it celia.. teach. teach them! xxx

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