6 volumes, 3600 pages, translations into several dozen languages, millions of copies sold. Karl Ove Knausgård’s “My Struggle” series of novels is the runaway success on the publishing market in recent years. Knausgård describes his whole life, from childhood to adulthood. One night at TR Warszawa is all you need to get to know his whole story. A theatre production of this one-of-a-kind biographical novel is being developed by Michał Borczuch, one of the most interesting contemporary Polish directors. Enter the stream of life with the actors of TR Warszawa.
Michał Borczuch’s production based on the series of novels by Karl Ove Knausgård, one of the leading Scandinavian writers. The six-volume novel published in 2011 is a project unique in the history of world literature: a literary record of the author’s life from early childhood to adulthood.
“My Struggle” is a sprawling, epic meditation about reality. Knausgård’s obsessively detailed narrative inspired me as the modern algorithm for preserving reality and ourselves within it. The extreme, obsessive subjectivity, which at times makes me hate the writer, reveals the truth about our modern times in which the experience of studying oneself as if in a selfie becomes a struggle for existence in the world brimming with people. Others can be very close to us, they can be part of our family, but when confronted with our egos, they are reduced to characters in a novel. Knausgård invites us to make literature out of our lives. But there is a paradox here: when our life becomes important, any other life – even if preserved in minute details – becomes anonymous. For this reason when we developed the project, we juxtaposed Knausgård’s novel with personal experiences of selected readers that will make a vital part of the production. (Michał Borczuch, director)
Play based on the following novels: MIN KAMP volumes I, II, III, IV, V and VI by Karl Ove Knausgård. Copyright ˝ 2009, 2010, 2011 Forlaget Oktober as, Oslo, all rights reserved.
Adapted from: Karl Ove Knausgård „Moja walka”, translated into Polish by Iwona Zimnickam vol. I-IV, Wydawnictwo Literackie 2015-2017.