2014 in Review: David L. Ulin looks at the year in books

December 24, 2014 1:06 PM

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What was the upshot of my year in reading - the ideas, the through lines that most stirred or provoked me in 2014? The dominant thread was what we might call that of common experience, work that finds significance in incidental things.

Karl Ove Knausgaard has become the poster child for this sort of work; his six-volume autobiographical opus "My Struggle" is all about a deep dive into the mundane. "Over recent years," he writes toward the end of the second volume, "I had increasingly lost faith in literature. ... The only genres I...

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