Karl Ove Knausgaard became a literary sensation by writing an intensely personal autobiographical novel in six parts called My Struggle. He recalls in detail cringeworthy moments in his life, attempting to be completely honest about how it felt, what he thought and what happened. While spending a semester in Reykjavík in 1992, Knausgaard was out drinking with Sugar Cubes bassist, Bragí Ólafsson and ends up at an afterparty in Björk’s house. In book five of My Struggle, Knausgaard writes about when everything went wrong:
“Just stick with me,” he said.
I did. I stayed close to him amid the crowd of musicians and artists walking through the town, down to the harbor, where Björk had her apartment. It was on two floors with a broad staircase in the middle and was soon full. Björk herself sat on the floor by a ghetto blaster, surrounded by CDs, playing one song after the other. I was so tired that I could hardly stand. I slumped at the top of the staircase, leaned my head against the balusters and closed my eyes. But I didn’t sleep, something was rising from within, from my stomach and up through my chest, soon it would be in my throat, I jumped to my feet, took the steps to the first floor, ran to the bathroom, opened the door, bent down over the toilet bowl, and spewed up a magnificent yellow and orange cascade that splashed everywhere.
On August 22, Karl Ove Knausgaard published his newest novel, Autumn. It is the first book in a series written as letters to his daughter. It focuses on the most minute details of the world, but it lacks any tales of adventure with Bragí Ólafsson or Björk.