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The Importance of the Father in the Novel “My Struggle” by Karl Ove Knausgård


The Importance of the Father in the Novel My Struggle by Karl Ove Knausgård

The following paper aims at reconstructing the emotional universe of the main character of the novel My Struggle in relation to a father figure. Counting on previous research on affective narratology, the paper suggests a way of reading in which the father-son relationship lays central and it shows how it organizes not only the thematic universe of the characters but also the narrative structure of the book. The construction of the main character in the second part of Book One is analyzed according to several scenarios that follow him pursuing different goals after the death of his father. Seen in a broader perspective, the analysis conducted in this paper can be definitory for the entire novel sequence.

Keywords: My Struggle, Karl Ove Knausgård, father, affective narratology, detective plot, death


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