Karl Ove Knausgaard: ‘Contemporary fiction is overrated’

The author famed for his self-revelation explains why his new series forsakes inner turmoil to focus on the outside world

Karl Ove Knausgaard is the Norwegian author of My Struggle, an acclaimed autobiographical novel (the sixth and final volume will be published in English in September) that has been compared to Proust’s In Search of Lost Time. He is also the author of the Seasons Quartet. The first two parts, Autumn and Winter, were encyclopedias of the material world, written for his then unborn daughter. The third, Spring (Harvill Secker, £16.99), out this week, records an April day in the girl’s early life.

When we last spoke three years ago, you said you’d become bored with your style of writing. Is the Seasons Quartet a move away from that style?
I wanted to do something different from My Struggle – be much more objective, not introspective. I ...