Kitsch from Knausgård

The birds under the sky
Forfatter: Karl Ove Knausgård
Forlag: Oktober (Norge)
FEELINGS: A horror image of a stifling genius. Is Knausgård now more dangerous than Kierkegaard as a producer of ideology?


Knausgård has now done something new – broken with the autobiographical project and returned to the fiction. In the short story The birds under the sky appear three generations of women. The protagonist and narrator are a nurse and also take care of her mother, while her daughter is silent and oppositional. The old man is sick and will soon die. The nurse is at the center: She gives and gives and is apparently the incarnate goodness. The daughter is negative and her mother gets an inexplicable outburst of rage. The self-narrator draws inspiration from Søren Kierkegaard's religious speeches in the book The lily of the field and the bird under the sky (1849), which she read at a nursing course in Denmark.

Submission and obedience

We will learn what we have forgotten from the lily of the field and the bird: silence, obedience and joy. In Kierkegaard, however, the birds and lilies signify together during the reflection. . .

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