Dept of Urban Legend:
Knausgaard-Free Days
21 July 2014

¶ At Pacific Standard, Casy Cep reviews her correspondence with Daniel Bloom, an American gadfly currently living in Taiwan. The object of their correspondence, as yet not absolutely resolved, was to demonstrate that the publicity story that accompanied the English translation of Min Kamp — that Karl Ove Knausgaard’s epic autobiography was so popular that all discussion of it in the Norwegian workplace had to be prohibited in order to get anything done — was, to put it mildly, an exaggeration, tipping into patent untruth, that ought never to have been reprinted by reputable newspapers and magazines. In the course of her piece, however, Cep repeats another unfounded myth, all the more meretricious for being about the book itself.

And what did it matter? I’d long decided Bloom was a more interesting story than Knausgaard, whose own work documented every inch of his own life.

Knausgaard is in fact far too good a writer to waste his time on such a documentary project. We don’t understand why it is so fashionable to deny — as the author himself seems inclined to do — Knausgaard’s artistry.

6 Responses to “Dept of Urban Legend:
Knausgaard-Free Days
21 July 2014

  1. daniel bloom says:

    No one here is denying K’s artistry, He is a genius. i love the man i love his books. yes. it’s the PR white lie i am trying to track down. today his agency in Oslo told me this: “we have never heard of such Knaussgaar free days in Norway. The first i heard about this was in April when I visited NYC?” — straight from the horse’s mouth, well agency. SEE?

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  2. Daniel Bloom says:

    K’s agency in OSLO tells me today:

    Dear Daniel,

    Thank you for your e-mails.
    I read the piece “How I became a Knausgaard truther” yesterday by Casey Cep. It has been shared a lot in Norway. It is good!
    I first heard about the Knausgård free days from Americans when I was in NYC this spring. I have never heard about it before[!!!!!!!!].

    Sorry I do not know from where or from whom this story originated.
    I wish you good luck in your search for the truth!

    Best wishes,
    …..Aschehoug Agency

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