The romance between Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard and American critics looks endangered.
Ace New York Times book critic Dwight Garner in a caustic review Tuesday eviscerated the sixth volume of Knausgaard's novel, "My Struggle."
Garner particularly decries a section of the book that analyzes Hitler's rise and fall, seen by Garner as an odious attempt by Knausgaard to justify his using the same title as Hitler's memoirs.
Knausgaard's book traces the minute, everyday details of his life from childhood to adulthood. Rather than seen as a tedious exercise in self-indulgence, "My Struggle" gained a huge international readership and rapturous praise from dazzled American critics.
When Knausgaard first gained attention from the first volume of his novel, I myself was captivated by an excerpt in The New Yorker. But I found the entire volume numbingly trivial, and didn't read further.
Now, Garner has exposed Knausgaard as a literary con artist. Will other critics turn against him as well?