Man arrested for burning Knausgård book

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A 37-year-old man was arrested in Malmø, Sweden after he set fire to a book by Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgård in a local bookstore. The man claimed he ignited the book because he thinks Knausgård is the worst author of all time.

The fire was quickly extinguished on Tuesday and the man seized after he tried to stop attempts to put out the flames. Police later said the man was too drunk to undergo formal questioning.

The bookstore, meanwhile, declined to press charges because the burned book wasn’t worth much. Nor did the man try to steal the book, opting instead to throw it on the cement floor of the bookstore where it wasn’t possible for the fire to spread.

Knausgård has otherwise received rave reviews and international acclaim for his epic series entitled Min kamp (My struggle), which has been translated into a variety of languages. The book that was burned was a copy of the fourth volume of the series that commanded much media hype when it first debuted.

newsinenglish.no staff