Monday, May 25, 2015

Karl Ove Knausgaard, My Struggle Book Four (signed first US edition)

This is a signed first edition of Book Four of Karl Ove Knausgaard's six-volume masterwork My Struggle, published last month by Archipelago Books in Brooklyn. I'm a passionate Knausgaard supporter, and have written quite a bit about the first three volumes of My Struggle, which you can find at the following links:

I picked up a copy of Book Four for myself at Powerhouse Books in Brooklyn after Knausgaard made an appearance there to support his new book. In the flesh, it seems Knausgaard mania is still a thing, as Powerhouse told me their huge shop was packed to the gills with fans who pre-ordered tickets to the event. I would've been there, too, had I not had a conflict that night.

Now, like any good book collector, I picked up a second copy of Book Four along with my own: one to keep, one to sell. My copy has been on eBay for a measly $50 for the past few weeks and I've been stunned out how little activity there's been on it. Last year, I found a trove of signed copies of books one through three and they sold close to $200 each, with people fighting for the high bid. Now, I'm getting 10 views a week, if I'm lucky.

Does this mean that on the collector's front, Knausgaard mania has passed? Seems so. Lucky for us, they're still outstanding books, far more valuable in their content than their collectible state.

Currently reading:
William T. Vollmann, The Rifles

Currently listening to:
Miles Davis, "Kind of Blue"

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