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The Morning Star

By Karl Ove Knausgaard & Martin Aitken
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Publisher Description

A New York Times Notable Book 

One of NPR's Best Books of 2021

"Knausgaard is among the finest writers alive.” —Dwight Garner, New York Times

The international bestseller from the author of the renowned My Struggle series, The Morning Star is an astonishing, ambitious, and rich novel about what we don't understand, and our attempts to make sense of our world nonetheless


One long night in August, Arne and Tove are staying with their children in their summer house in southern Norway. Their friend Egil has his own place nearby. 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 night shift 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, his first after the My Struggle cycle, 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.

22 Reviews

3.5
“I’m a bit annoyed at all the time I spent on this book to then be so disappointed by the ending. I found the plot itself interesting (if they would have wrapped it up better) and enjoyed all the characters and their stories, but the book itself is a bit slow and painfully over-detailed. I was hoping the last chapter would tie up all the loose ends, but it ended up being a drawn out essay featuring a summary of the Iliad and Odyssey.”

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