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Home and Away: Writing the Beautiful Game

by Karl-Ove Knausgaard, Fredrik Ekelund

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Oh my I just love love Knausgaard. Even when so much of the descriptions are of soccer and plays and players I've never heard of! But I do think Fredrik Ekelund, his co-author, should be mentioned above. After all the book is a series of letters between them. They are friends, and so in between their game commentary they talk of personal things: Knausgaard's children, Ekelund's teen-age depression, the ordinary but so beautifully described (on both their parts) quotidian details of their lives.

The time period of these letters made it especially meaningful for me. I sat in a living room from late June through mid-July with some Italians and my husband, all rabid soccer fans, waiting for my daughter to give birth to our granddaughter (who was born on one of the few days with no game), and then again in that living room with a newborn adorable little baby. Interesting to compare Italian, American, Norwegian, and Swedish (Ekelund) reactions to the various teams.

I just bought Home and Away for a friend who also writes beautifully about soccer. Maybe I can turn him into a Knausgaard fan.

I see Knausgaard has a new book coming out in August called "Autumn," but apparently we have to wait till 2018 for the English translation of the sixth and final book of My Struggle. ( )
  bobbieharv | May 3, 2017 |
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