how far are you? finishing book 2 rn (1st one was much better)
just a comfy read? is he a great writer? is the ideology of thebook actually fascist
when he talks with his friend Geir they keep referring to "anti-liberal thinkers", Geir says about some author "he wasn't a fascist... I woulnd't mind if he was" and one of the writers they seem to admire (Hauge?) praised Hitler in his diaries IIRC
it's very subtle and I probably wouldn't care, and I might be wrong (that's why i'm asking) but one of the reviews from the Guardian mentioned it as well
I don't remember myself, but they were probably talking about Hamsun who was an outspoken nazi. He was also Norway's perhaps greatest and most influential author, so I don't think it matters that he was a fascist as long as he made great works of art.
It's actually mostly adult Knausgård we meet in book 2, and there's a lot of interaction with his young kids in it. In the first book it was half Knausgård as a teenager, and half as adult Knausgård losing his father. In the second Knausgård is the father himself.
I think it's book 4 and 5 who are almost exclusively about Knausgård as a teenager/young adult.
the 2nd bok is mostly about his relationship with his second wife and their children - it's very nice (I particularly liked the descriptions of children and taking care of them), but the first book captivated me far more (maybe because I could identify with his childhood experiences and not necessarily with his life as a father)
yeah I wouldn't discard a book just because the author is a fascist... L.F. Celine is one of my favourite writers and Wagner my favourite composer, even if I'm pretty leftist myself lol
he still takes care of his children like a proper Scandinavian man... don't mind him feeling a bit weird about it, we wre all raised with certain gendered expectations; would like to have such a husband
regardless of politics, as a relatively young person without family I loved his honest descriptions of family life, they make the whole thing seem a bit more attainable
He spends a huge portion of the final book discussing Hitlers life and ultimately comparing it with his own. I think he mostly relates with Hitler's troubled youth. His fathers abuse and death, his struggle to create art, his sensitivity and shyness, his idealisation and fear of women, him only having one close friend and so on. There are definitely more differences though which he brings up. The most obvious one being Hitler never having any children of his own, and thus never knowing what it's like being a father himself.
I don't think that's the point of the book(s) though.