• Charles Arrowsmith

Review: In the Land of the Cyclops by Karl Ove Knausgaard (Washington Post)


“You don’t have to say everything that comes into your mind, you know.” This advice, given to Karl Ove Knausgaard in Book 6 of his autobiographical meganovel, “My Struggle,” is surely a joke. After all, there can’t be a more conspicuous example in contemporary fiction of saying everything than Knausgaard’s saga, which, in paperback, runs to almost 4,000 pages. We’re reminded in his new essay collection, “In the Land of the Cyclops,” that much of “My Struggle” was written to a publishing schedule that demanded the last four volumes be written in consecutive three-month periods. The adage about writing less if only one had the time leaps to mind.


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