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Home and Away: Writing the Beautiful Game

Author(s): Karl Ove Knausgaard


Karl Ove Knausgaard is sitting at home in Skane with his wife, four small children and a dog. He is watching football on TV and falls asleep in front of the set. He likes 0-0 draws, cigarettes, coffee and Argentina. Fredrik Ekelund is away, in Brazil, where he plays football on the beach and watches matches with others. Fredrik loves games that end up 4-3 and teams that play beautiful football. He likes caipirinhas and Brazil. Home and Away is an unusual football book, in which the two authors use football and the World Cup in Brazil as the arena for reflections on life and death, art and politics, class and literature. What does it mean to be at home in a globalised world? This exchange of letters opens up new vistas and gives us stories from the lives of two creative writers. We get under their skin and have an insight into their relationships with modern times and football's place in their lives, the significance the game has for people in general and the question: Was this the best football championship ever?


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"[It is] fascinating, insightful... Engrossing." -- Nick Rennison Sunday Times "An entirely engrossing exchange of ideas, affection and memory... [A] genuinely engaging two-hander of real affection and insight." -- Barney Ronay Literary Review "Knausgaard is a writer with an astonishing ability to elevate the prosaic... As a reading experience, Home and Away is diverting, indulgent and stealthily enjoyable. Just as it probably was to write." Esquire, Book of the Year "For a book which, at heart, is no more than two friends chatting about football, there is a lot to like." The Economist "Home and Away is deeply intelligent, enjoyable and sometimes funny." -- Simon Kuper Financial Times, Book of the Year

Karl Ove Knausgaard (Author) Karl Ove Knausgaard's first novel, Out of the World, was the first ever debut novel to win the Norwegian Critics' Prize and his second, A Time to Every Purpose Under Heaven, was widely acclaimed. A Death in the Family, the first of the My Struggle cycle of novels, was awarded the prestigious Brage Award. The My Struggle cycle has been heralded as a masterpiece wherever it appears.Fredrik Ekelund (Author) Fredrik Ekelund is a novelist, playwright and translator. He won the Fackforeningsrorelsens Ivar Lo Prize in 2009 for his novel M/S Tiden, hailed as 'the year's best Swedish novel' by Svenska Dagbladet. He has played as a striker in the Swedish authors' national football team.

General Fields

  • : 9781910701362
  • : Vintage Publishing
  • : Harvill Secker
  • : November 2016
  • : 234mm X 153mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : November 2016
  • : books

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  • : Karl Ove Knausgaard
  • : Paperback
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