Monday, October 01, 2018

Karl Ove Knausgaard: shedworker


Awardwinning Norwegian autobiographicalist-novelist Karl Ove Knausgård lives in the small village of Glemmingebro, Sweden, where he works in a writing studio in his back garden (picture above). He is often interviewed in his garden office by journalists which is split into two rooms full of books, chairs and a sofa, as well as his drum kit and guitars. A typical description comes from The Guardian: "With their mountains of unwashed coffee cups and other detritus, both rooms display a reassuring indifference to order. He apologises, explaining that he spent “about an hour” that morning tidying up for my visit."

The Wall Street Journal atmospherically compares it to a "post-apocalyptic college library"...
Entering his studio, I saw books everywhere—lined up in shelves, stacked on the floor, propped in piles leaning against other books—hardbacks and paperbacks, galleys and manuscripts, rising in towers from the coffee table. The room recalled a post-apocalyptic college library. Empty beer cans, Pepsi Max bottles, water glasses and coffee mugs rose amid the bookscape; and cigarette ash dusted everything, trailing in shallow rivulets between the books, bottles and crockery.... Sunlight spilled through the open door and window, and as we sat down, I heard leaves rustle in the garden and the unfamiliar caws of Swedish birds. 

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