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Dancing in the Dark

(2015)
(The fourth book in the My Struggle series)
A novel by

 
 
Eighteen years old and fresh out of high school, Karl Ove Knausgaard moves to a tiny fisherman's village far north of the polar circle to work as a schoolteacher. He has no interest in the job itself - or in any other job for that matter. His intention is to save up enough money to travel while finding the space and time to start his writing career. Initially everything looks fine: He writes his first few short stories, finds himself accepted by the hospitable locals, and receives flattering attention from several beautiful local girls. But then, as the darkness of the long polar nights start to cover the beautiful landscape, Karl Ove's life also takes a darker turn.

The stories he writes tend to repeat themselves, his drinking escalates and causes some disturbing blackouts, his repeated attempts at losing his virginity end in humiliation and shame, and to his own distress he also develops romantic feelings toward one of his 13-year-old students. Along the way there are flashbacks to his high school years and the roots of his current problems. And then there is the shadow of his father, whose sharply increasing alcohol consumption serves as an ominous backdrop to Karl Ove's own lifestyle.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

April 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: My Struggle: Book Four
Author(s): Karl Ove Knausgaard
ISBN: 0-914671-17-0 / 978-0-914671-17-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Archipelago
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March 2015 : UK Hardback
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Title: Dancing in the Dark: My Struggle Book 4
Author(s): Karl Ove Knausgaard
ISBN: 1-84655-724-0 / 978-1-84655-724-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill Secker
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Paperback Editions

April 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: My Struggle: Book 4
Author(s): Karl Ove Knausgaard
ISBN: 0-374-53417-9 / 978-0-374-53417-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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October 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: Dancing in the Dark: My Struggle Book 4
Author(s): Karl Ove Knausgaard
ISBN: 0-09-958152-3 / 978-0-09-958152-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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March 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: Dancing in the Dark: My Struggle Book 4 (Knausgaard)
Author(s): Karl Ove Knausgaard
ISBN: 1-84655-725-9 / 978-1-84655-725-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill Secker
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Audio Editions

May 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: My Struggle, Book 4
Author(s): Karl Ove Knausgaard, Don Bartlett - translator
Publisher: Recorded Books
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May 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: My Struggle, Book 4
Author(s): Karl Ove Knausgaard, Don Bartlett - translator
Publisher: Recorded Books
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May 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: My Struggle, Book 4
Author(s): Karl Ove Knausgaard, Don Bartlett - translator
Publisher: Recorded Books
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Kindle Editions

April 2015 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: My Struggle: Book 4
Author(s): Karl Ove Knausgaard
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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March 2015 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Dancing in the Dark: My Struggle Book 4
Author(s): Karl Ove Knausgaard
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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