Karl Ove Knausgaard - "Autumn" - Srikanth Reddy

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Karl Ove Knausgaard

Karl Ove Knausgaard, author of the monumental My Struggle series and one of the masters of contemporary literature, reads from and discusses Autumn, the first in a new autobiographical quartet based on the four seasons. He will be joined in conversation by Srikanth Reddy.

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  • $30 tickets include admission for one (1) and one (1) copy of Autumn.
  • Books may be picked up at the event or at the Seminary Co-op any time on or after 8/22/17 (the book's release date).
  • Tickets may be purchased online (24/7) or at the Logan Center box office during normal business hours (M-F, 12pm-6pm) in person and over the phone at 773.702.ARTS.
  • Tickets are not for sale at the Seminary Co-op or 57th Street Books.
  • Additional copies of Autumn, as well as Mr. Knausgaard’s backlist, will be available for purchase at the event.
  • A book signing will take place after the event. Mr. Knausgaard will sign up to 1 backlist book per person, in addition to a copy of Autumn. Please do not bring non-book items to be signed.

Presented in partnership with the Logan Center for the Arts and Creative Writing at the University of Chicago

At the Logan Center for the Arts, Performance Hall

About the book: From the author of the monumental My Struggle series, Karl Ove Knausgaard, one of the masters of contemporary literature and a genius of observation and introspection, comes the first in a new autobiographical quartet based on the four seasons

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 Knausgaard writes to his unborn daughter, showing her what to expect of the world. He writes one short piece per day, describing the material and natural world with the precision and mesmerizing intensity that have become his trademark. He describes with acute sensitivity daily life with his wife and children in rural Sweden, drawing upon memories of his own childhood to give an inimitably tender perspective on the precious and unique bond between parent and child. The sun, wasps, jellyfish, eyes, lice--the stuff of everyday life is the fodder for his art. Nothing is too small or too vast to escape his attention. This beautifully illustrated book is a personal encyclopaedia on everything from chewing gum to the stars. Through close observation of the objects and phenomena around him, Knausgaard shows us how vast, unknowable and wondrous the world is.

About the author: 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 for Everything, was widely acclaimed. A Death in the Family, the first of the My Struggle cycle of novels, was awarded the prestigious Brage Award. The My Struggle cycle has been heralded as a masterpiece wherever it appears.

About the interlocutor: Srikanth (Chicu) Reddy is a poet and scholar working at the intersection of creative and critical practice in the humanities. In addition to teaching in the Department of English and the Program in Creative Writing, he also work closely with the university's Program in Poetry and Poetics--an interdisciplinary collective of scholars, poets, and translators who work on poetry across a diversity of regions, historical periods, and theoretical approaches.

Event Location: 
Logan Center for the Arts
915 E 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637