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Home and Away: Writing the Beautiful Game

Karl Ove Knausgaard Fredrik Ekelund



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30 October 2017
Literary essays; Sports & outdoor recreation; Football (Soccer, Association football)
Selected as a Book of the Year 2016 in The Times and Evening Standard. Karl Ove Knausgaard is sitting at home in SkOne 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 friends. Fredrik loves games that end up 4-3 and teams that play beautiful football. He likes caipirinhas and Brazil.In Home and Away, two creative writers use football and the 2016 World Cup in Brazil to reflect on life and death, art and politics, class and literature. This engrossing book gives us insight into their lives and asks what does it mean to be at home in a globalised world?
By:   Karl Ove Knausgaard, Fredrik Ekelund
Imprint:   Vintage
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 27mm
Weight:   298g
ISBN:   9781784702359
ISBN 10:   1784702358
Pages:   432
Publication Date:   30 October 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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 Prize. The My Struggle cycle has been heralded as a masterpiece all over the world.Fredrik Ekelund (Author) Fredrik Ekelund is a Swedish 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.

Reviews for Home and Away: Writing the Beautiful Game

[It is] fascinating, insightful... Engrossing. -- Nick Rennison * Sunday Times * At its core, Home and Away is a story about two men doing what they can to keep a friendship afloat, even from continents away. * New Yorker * 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 *

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