In an effort to guide his then-unborn daughter through the world, Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgård composed an ode to the earth: A collection of four books, one for every season, with a collection of one-take, stream of consciousness pieces to “open up the world.”
Knausgård joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Boston Public Radio to discuss his first book of the quartet, “Autumn."
“The whole point of writing for me is to be not unconscious, but, you know, go beyond thoughts,” Knausgård said. “You do it for yourself to discover the world, to open up the world, to explore your experience of the world. Then, eventually, it is literature, it is the things that are between us, it is for us.”
To create these works, Knausgård sat down every morning and poured his mind into the pages, writing about simple objects or concepts. “I picked one word or one object, one thing every day … I didn’t know what I should say about them, I had no idea,” he said. “There is one text about toothbrushes. What can you say about toothbrushes? Really nothing, but then you start a meditation through writing, and there is a world opening up.”
Knausgård will be at the First Parish Church Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. at an event sponsored by the Harvard Bookstore. Click here for more information. To listen to his entire interview with Boston Public Radio, click on the audio player above.