Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
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Who Reads 'Mein Kampf'?

Earlier this year, a new volume of Karl Ove Knausgaard's novel My Struggle arrived in America, prompting a fresh discussion of why the writer borrowed his book's title from Adolf Hitler. Knausgaard said the choice was about scaling down; he wanted to contrast the dictator's "grand, ideological worldview with the reality of the individual." But he also believes that, "for someone interested in the zone between literature and reality, this book is, in the end, impossible to avoid." In fact, he added, "I think everybody should read Mein Kampf." Responding to the surprising spike of digital sales of Mein Kampf, Stephen Marche echoed Knausgaard's sentiment in Esquire: [...]

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