Category: Book
Illustrated By: Baird, Vanessa
By (author): Knausgaard, Karl Ove
Subject:  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
  FICTION / General
  NATURE / Seasons
Publisher: Knopf Random Vintage Canada
Published: August 2017
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 8.00in x 5.00in
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From The Publisher*A love letter to his unborn daughter, Autumn is for every reader who thinks about what the world holds for their child, and is the first book in a surprising, deeply personal and humane quartet: The Seasons--the new project from the always fascinating, original, global literary superstar.

28 August. Now, as I write this, you know nothing about anything, about what awaits you, the kind of world you will be born into. And I know nothing about you...

I want to show you our world as it is now: the door, the floor, the water tap and the sink, the garden chair close to the wall beneath the kitchen window, the sun, the water, the trees. You will come to see it in your own way, you will experience things for yourself and live a life of your own, so of course it is primarily for my own sake that I am doing this: showing you the world, little one, makes my life worth living.
Autumn begins with a letter Karl Ove writes to his unborn daughter, showing her what to expect of the world she will soon come into. He writes one short piece per day, describing the material and natural world with the precision and mesmerizing intensity that have become his trademark, a riveting personal encyclopedia of everything from chewing gum and tin cans to the migration of birds and the stars. Through close observation of the objects and phenomena around him, Karl Ove shows us how vast, unknowable and wondrous the world is.

"What truly unites these pieces [in Autumn] is Knausgaard's sensibility, which is one part Montaigne (an urge to address big issues), one part Nicholson Baker (an eye for picayune detail), and one part Annie Dillard (an admiration for nature and an elegant prose style) . . . A call to pay closer attention to the routine stuff in our lives and to allow ourselves to be thunderstruck by their beauty. An engagingly wide-ranging set of meditations." -Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Once or twice a decade, word of mouth elevates a seemingly uncommercial literary writer to the status of a mass cult: you look around and suddenly it seems everybody is reading a particular book. To the ranks of David Foster Wallace and Haruki Murakami can now be added Karl Ove Knausgaard." -The Gazette

"The master of the literary selfie."

"[I]f any one aspect of Knausgaard's project explains his popularity, it is surely his unique literary style." -Financial Times

"Norway's biggest literary star since Ibsen." -New Statesman

"Mr. Knausgaard seemed to be able to write about anything. . . . [T]he great chronicler of the modern condition." -The Globe and Mail

"Knausgaard is not afraid of big ideas-love, death, the divine, art. . . . Knausgaard is mythic, large. . . . His works are dazzling." -SVA Close Up (blog)

"Reading the Norwegian novelist/memoirist Karl Ove Knausgaard is like drugging yourself, not for a speeding high but for a slow hallucinatory experience. Hours pass and you look up from the book stunned, realizing that you are frighteningly alert, that you had thought you were having a very ordinary day but in fact had been swimming in salty black waters. . . . Knausgaard is a genius, without doubt. . . . Reading Knausgaard, I have the sensation that each moment of every human life is essential yet has never been painted or recorded in anything even approaching adequacy. So he tried to do this and the shocking thing is that he has succeeded." -Toronto Star

"A living hero who landed on greatness by abandoning every typical literary feint." -Jonathan Lethem, The Guardian

"No writer has emerged on the world stage to more acclaim in at least a decade. . . . [R]eaders of every stripe, it seems, are talking about Knausgaard." -The New Yorker 

"[Knausgaard] is contemporary fiction's alchemist of the ordinary. . . . This writer is constructing a towering edifice, in what feels like real time. Few artistic projects of our era feel more worth attending to." -Dwight Garner, The New York Times

"With each subsequent book of his that is translated into English, Mr. Knausgaard continues to solidify his reputation as one of the most vital writers working today." -The Observer (UK)
Biographical NoteKARL OVE KNAUSGAARD's first novel, Out of the World, was the first ever debut novel to win the Norwegian Critics' Prize and his second, A Time for Everything, was widely acclaimed. A Death in the Family, the first of the My Struggle cycle of novels, was awarded the prestigious Brage Award. The My Struggle cycle has been heralded as a masterpiece wherever it appears. The author lives in Osterlen, Sweden.

VANESSA BAIRD (1963) was born in Oslo, where she now lives and works. She has an MA from the Royal College of Art, London, and in 2015 she won the Lorck Schive Art Prize, Norway's biggest contemporary art prize.