The World As It Really Is

There is something all of us experience which is the same for all human beings, but which nevertheless is seldom conveyed apart from in the private sphere,

writes Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard in Book Six of his My Struggle series.

All of us encounter difficulties at some point in our lives… These things are not represented, and seem not to exist, or else to exist only as a burden that each of us must bear on our own.
I wanted to write about the simple pleasures of life,

Knausgaard says in an interview with PBS back in 2017 around the launch of Autumn.

I want her to see the complexity of the world and that everything is somehow valuable. When I would sit in front of something and wanted to write about it, for instance, a toothbrush, there’s not much to say about it. But then you start to write, and something happens, things open up, and you see it’s loaded with meaning.
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