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.
"Diverse and delightful... These sharp little essays, mostly only two pages long, capture the wonder of things with photographic immediacy... This is an inspiring, surprising collection." -- Melissa Katsoulis * The Times * "Knausgaard brilliantly conveys the sense you get, as a prospective parent, that the world is brand new... It's all beautifully done." -- William Leith * Evening Standard * "In Autumn, a lyrical cabaret beside the grand opera of the My Struggle books, taboo memories and forbidden feelings disrupt the grown-up project of a compendium of fatherly wisdom... Autumn glows with a radiant attachment to 'the world, as it is'... From sunshine to head-lice, it celebrates the 'dizzying intensity of being'." * The Economist * "The first volume of the Seasons quartet quietly illuminates Knausgaard's profound gift for making the reader see the world in fresh and unpredictable ways." -- Stuart Evers * The Observer * "This book is full of wonders... Loose teeth, chewing gum, it all becomes noble, almost holy, under Knausgaard's patient, admiring gaze. The world feels repainted." -- Parul Sehgal * New York Times * "Autumn... returns to the scintillating tangent that characterized the early volumes of My Struggle, when he still allowed his midlife self airtime. On each subject [Knausgaard] combines an almost comically microscopic focus with a stealthy flair for producing a bigger picture that is all the more arresting for arriving by surprise." -- Anthony Cummins * Daily Telegraph * "It is when elements of autobiography creep in that the book comes most alive, as when he writes about choosing his father's wellington boots as a memento after his death." -- Jake Kerridge * Daily Telegraph * "Knausgaard writes about the textures of ordinariness with a microscopic focus that's both wondrous and absurd... There are blissful glimpses of nature's mystery and balance." -- Henry Hitchings * Financial Times * "Having given us his saga of experience, these are Knausgaard's Songs of Innocence... The tension for the reader lies in watching the author navigate his way from the banal into the celestial otherness of the thing he is encountering... Knausgaard sees the world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower." -- Frances Wilson * Times Literary Supplement * "There are gorgeous, poetic observations on almost every page." -- Marina Benjamin * New Statesman * "Knausgaard's sentences, as long as waves, use the plainest, least literary language. You paddle out unsuspecting. This is easy, you think, striking out. But Knausgaard writes by undertow. Turn round and you are alone, far out in the drowning solitudes... It is truly hopeful and this, for Knausgaard, is a departure." -- Laura Beatty * Oldie * "Taking the old repetitive elements of life, Knausgaard's detailed observations open our eyes to their unexpected yet remarkable qualities." -- Kathleen McNamee * Irish Times * "In these secular meditations, Knausgaard scratches away at the ordinary to reach the sublime - finding what's in the picture, and what's hidden" -- Rodney Welch * Washington Post * "Knausgaard is an acute, sometimes squirmingly honest analyst of domesticity and his relationship to his family." -- Lisa Schwarzbaum * Newsweek Europe *
Karl 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 to Every Purpose Under Heaven, was widely acclaimed. A Death in the Family, the first of the My Struggle cycle of novels, was awarded the prestigious Brage Prize. The My Struggle cycle has been heralded as a masterpiece all over the world.