The South Bank Show

Karl Ove Knausgaard

Series 7 - Episode 2 Karl Ove Knausgaard



Karl Ove Knausgard writes exhaustively about the minutiae of his daily life in such spine-tingling, unsparing detail that he’s often called a Norwegian Proust; and it’s fascinating to watch him reflect in person on the torments and joys of life and the liberation his writing affords.

Melvyn Bragg (clearly a fan) teases out some interesting reflections, but I’d have liked more forensic probing on the writer’s decision (controversial in Scandinavia) to absent himself from his wife for a month just after the birth of their first child. Knausgard’s own dad was a monstrous alcoholic, so was it borne of crippling fear and shame around the whole concept of fatherhood?


Melvyn Bragg meets award-winning Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard to discuss his life and work, including his six-volume Min Kamp series of autobiographical novels.