Home and Away

Home and Away

Writing the Beautiful Game

Book - 2017
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"Two world-class writers reveal themselves to be the ultimate soccer fans in these collected letters Karl Ove Knausgaard is sitting at home in Skåne with his wife, four small children, and dog. He is watching soccer on TV and falls asleep in front of the set. He likes 0-0 draws, cigarettes, coffee, and Argentina. Fredrik Ekelund is away, in Brazil, where he plays soccer on the beach and watches matches with others. Ekelund loves games that end up 4-3 and teams that play beautiful soccer. He likes caipirinhas and Brazil. Home and Away is an unusual soccer book, in which the two authors use soccer and the World Cup in Brazil as the arena for reflections on life and death, art and politics, class and literature. What does it mean to be at home in a globalized world? This exchange of letters opens up new vistas and gives us stories from the lives of two creative writers. We get under their skin and gain insight into their relationships with modern times and soccer's place in their lives, the significance the game has for people in general, and the question Was this the best soccer championship ever?"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: London : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017
ISBN: 9780374279837
Branch Call Number: 839.8267 Home
Characteristics: 412 pages


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Mar 15, 2017

I feel like I would've enjoyed this much more if I was a bit more familiar with the two writers, because I felt like I was just eavesdropping on inside jokes and conversations between the two. I wouldn't recommend this for casual soccer fans like myself, but much more for followers of the respective writers. This is literally a book full of correspondence between two soccer fans, but the conversations meander quite far from the game of soccer itself.

Feb 23, 2017

Soccer is just the conduit to examine all of life's intricacies ... an engrossing read that effortlessly flows from debates of Italian football to whether the Pope should watch soccer. Highly recommend to soccer fans out there, and recommend to all sports fans who enjoy a slightly more high brow take on sports. I just hope they published another one for World Cup 2018!


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