In the author’s latest book “In the Land of the Cyclops,” I want to see what Knausgaard sees, even when I’m overwhelmed by it or disagree.
Knausgaard’s monomaniacal excavation of the self and soul probably finds its closest counterpart in the work of Munch, his countryman.
Between the bellows and the bed unfolds the universe of Cousin Jules. It is a small world, but polyvalent. He is Jules Guitteaux, a blacksmith in rural Burgundy, husband then widower, and — crucially — cousin of the late filmmaker Dominique Benicheti, whose 1973 documentary film Cousin Jules pays celluloid homage to his existence.