Friday, 31 May 2013

A Norwegian writer, a Pakistani orchestra & a biomedical conference

Have recently discovered:

Karl Ove Knausgaard's novel/memoir A Man in Love (part two of a six-part series. I skipped part one, and the others are not yet translated). His writing is slow and self-obsessed, but there is something comforting about the pedantry and rhythm. I am wading through, it is worth it for the gems, and observations on the Swedish/Norwegian arts and writing scene. I first came across him in this review a while back, and a Norwegian friend has since filled me in on the stooshie he caused back home.

And the Lahore-based Sachal Studios Orchestra. The background to the musicians is here, a little heartbreaking. This is their version of REM's 'Everybody Hurts', and Dave Brubeck's 'Take Five'


Sabine said...

Thank you for the gorgeous music!
I started Knausgard's Death in the Family (the first one) and I admit I am struggling but there is a certain pull.

nmj said...

Hey Sabine, Yes, there is something about Knausgaard that pulls you in, though I did find the first 100 pages a struggle. Glad you like the music, the Sufi devotional music in particular just hypnotises me.