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April 2019, Issue 474 Alan Hollinghurst on the male body in art * Robert Ferguson on Knausgaard and Munch * Daisy Dunn on Greece and Rome * Raymond Seitz on American diplomacy * Jamie Bartlett on the internet in China and India * Peter Marshall on Empress Matilda * Jane O'Grady on dementia * Jane Ridley on Max Beaverbrook * Tom Stern on Wittgenstein's family letters * Sarah Dunant on a Florentine palazzo * Michael Griffin on Kazakhstan * John Keay on Amritsar * Sebastian Sobecki on Chaucer * Keith Miller on Ali Smith * Peter Conrad on Paolo Sorrentino *  and much, much more…

Robert Ferguson

So Much Longing in So Little Space: The Art of Edvard Munch

By Karl Ove Knausgaard (Translated by Ingvild Burkey)

George Bernard Shaw on Henrik Ibsen, Vladimir Nabokov on Nikolai Gogol, Henry Miller on Arthur Rimbaud, Nicholson Baker on John Updike: we are familiar with the genre in which authors write appreciatively about an admired predecessor, usually another writer but sometimes, as in So Much Longing in So Little Space, an artist of a different kind. We expect such books to be at least as much about the author as the subject, and Karl Ove Knausgaard does not disappoint here. What he gives us in essence is an account of what it is like to be a man writing a book about being a man who – somewhat to his own surprise, one suspects – has been invited to curate an exhibition of paintings by... read more

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