Episode 117: Karl Ove Knausgaard on Fate, Shame, Prolonging Pleasure and Iconic Memories

Listen to Karl Ove Knausgaard here.

To say I’ve been looking forward to interviewing Karl Ove Knausguaard is an understatement. That said, I couldn’t have foreseen how lovely it was to speak with him in person. The world outside drifted away and we were able to dive into his work and talk about art, life, love and all the good stuff.

You most likely know Karl Ove from his six-volume sensation, My Struggle. His new book, Autumn, is an autobiographical quartet based on the four seasons. Addressed to his unborn daughter, Autumn is like an encyclopedia of everyday things, which Knausgaard suggests are rather extraordinary on closer inspection. He zooms in on subjects and objects like apples, fingers, and petrol, and less everyday things (depending on who you are and where you live) like badgers, bee keeping, and Flaubert. Reading this book, that’s also punctuated with illustrations by Vanessa Baird, will make you slow down, take a moment, and recall your childlike wonder.

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xoxo Angie

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Cover image courtesy The Guardian