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The Morning Star: A Novel by Karl Ove Knausgaard

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.
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A major new work 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.

In the near future, advances in medicine and quantum computing make human cloning a reality. For the wealthy, cheating 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?

“Knausgaard retains the ability to lock you, as if in a tractor beam, into his storytelling. He takes the mundane stuff of life—the need to take a leak, the joy of killing pesky flies—and essentializes them . . . Knausgaard is among the finest writers alive.” —Dwight Garner, New York Times

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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Karl Ove Knausgaard is a Norwegian writer whose six-volume autobiographical novel, Min Kamp (2009–11; My Struggle, 2012–18), proved to be a runaway bestseller in Norway and captivated a large and growing number of English-language readers.

Knausgaard retains the ability to lock you, as if in a tractor beam, into his storytelling. — Heidi Julavits, New York Times Book Review

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