the new novel from the author of My Struggle
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Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of Pages: 688
Width: 15.3 cm
Height: 23.4 cm
The breathtaking new novel from the internationally bestselling author of My Struggle, 'the literary sensation of the decade' (Sunday Times) One long night in August, Arne and Tove are staying with their children in their summer house in southern Norway. Kathrine, a priest, is flying home from a Bible seminar, questioning her marriage. Journalist Jostein is out drinking for the night, while his wife, Turid, a nurse at a psychiatric care unit, is on a nightshift when one of her patients escapes. Above them all, a huge star suddenly appears blazing in the sky. It brings with it a mysterious sense of foreboding. Strange things start to happen as nine lives come together under the star. Hundreds of crabs amass on the road as Arne drives at night; Jostein receives a call about a death metal band found brutally murdered in a Satanic ritual; Kathrine conducts a funeral service for a man she met at the airport - but is he actually dead? The Morning Star is about life in all its mundanity and drama, the strangeness that permeates our world, and the darkness in us all. Karl Ove Knausgaard's astonishing new novel goes to the utmost limits of freedom and chaos, to what happens when forces beyond our comprehension are unleashed, and the realms of the living and the dead collide. Praise for My Struggle: 'Tremendous, maddening, addictive, gripping' Observer 'Powerfully alive... intense and utterly honest' James Wood 'Beautifully human' The Times
Knausgaard retains the ability to lock you, as if in a tractor beam, into his storytelling... Knausgaard is among the finest writers alive. -- Dwight Garner * New York Times * Grippingly crafted storytelling... prose that is keenly aware of the value of suspense and surprise... [The Morning Star] has that beguiling, elusively compulsive quality that Knausgaard seems to have made his own. -- Andrew Anthony * Observer * I read The Morning Star compulsively, and stayed awake all night after finishing it... The novel's revelation is not that something terrible is coming for us all but that it is already in our midst. -- Brandon Taylor * New Yorker * Knausgaard's sentences, in Martin Aitken's translation, are both plainly direct and lyrically, emotionally elevated . . . Symphonic. -- Heidi Julavits * New York Times Book Review * A true Scandinavian epic... Knausgaard's brilliant storytelling is as bright as the celestial body from which the book takes its title. -- Roddy Brooks * Independent *