The fifth volume of Knausgaard's international series My Struggle.
At the age of twenty, Karl Ove moved to Bergen.
As the youngest student to be admitted to the prestigious Academy of Writing, he arrives full of enthusiasm and writer's aspirations.
Soon, however, he is stripped of his youthful illusions.
His writing is childish and cliché, and his social efforts are a dismal failure.
Uncomfortable in company and desperate with women, he drowns his shame in drink and rock music.
Then, little by little, things take a brighter turn.
He falls in love, stops writing for the constant rewards of literary criticism, and the beginnings of an adult life take shape.
That is, until his self-destructive binge eating and the irresistible attraction of the writer's struggle makes him back off.
In this fifth installment of the My Struggle series, Karl Ove reveals his personal and often deeply shameful battles with introversion, alcohol abuse, infidelity and artistic ambition.
Knausgaard writes with unswerving honesty to deliver all the drama of everyday life, in a breathless novel between the desperate longing to be good and the terrible power of transgression.