The second book in the Why I Write series provides generous insight into the creative process of award-winning Norwegian novelist Karl Ove Knausgaard, most famous for his 6-book series, My Struggle.
“Why I Write” may prove to be the most difficult question Karl Ove Knausgaard has struggled to answer, yet it is central to the project of one of the most influential writers working today.
To write, for the Norwegian artist, is to resist easy thinking and preconceived notions that inhibit awareness of our lives. Knausgaard writes to “erode my own notions about the world... It is one thing to know something, another to write about it.”
The key to enhanced living is the ability to hit upon something inadvertently, to regard it from a position of defencelessness and unknowing.
A deeply personal meditation, Inadvertent is a cogent and accessible guide to the creative process of one of our most prolific and ingenious artists.
The Why I Write series is based on the Windham-Campbell Lectures, delivered annually to commemorate the awarding of the Donald Windham - Sandy M Campbell Literature Prizes at Yale University. Administered by Yale's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the series publishes works based on the lecture given by the event's keynote speaker.
The series launched in 2017 with the release of Devotion, by renowned musician, artist and author Patti Smith. Future editions are due from Pulitzer Prize winner Hilton Als and poet-playwright Elizabeth Alexander, who recited her poetry at the 2009 presidential inauguration of Barack Obama.