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  • Published: 17 January 2023
  • ISBN: 9781784703301
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 688
  • RRP: $22.99

The Morning Star




Nine lives are brought together by the mysterious appearance of a huge star in the sky in this exhilarating novel from the international bestseller.

Nine lives will be changed forever in the exhilarating new novel from the international bestseller.

'Addictive' Daily Telegraph

'Knausgaard retains the ability to lock you, as if in a tractor beam, into his storytelling' New York 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, and so begins a series of mysterious events. For these six, and three others, life is about to become ever more surprising and unruly...

'I read The Morning Star compulsively, and stayed awake all night after finishing it' Brandon Taylor, author of Real Life

'Brilliant storytelling... Epic' Independent

'Captivating' Observer

  • Published: 17 January 2023
  • ISBN: 9781784703301
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 688
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Karl Ove Knausgaard

Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle cycle has been heralded as a masterpiece all over the world. From A Death in the Family to The End, the novels move through childhood into adulthood and, together, form an enthralling portrait of human life. Knausgaard has been awarded the Norwegian Critics Prize for Literature, the Brage Prize and the Jerusalem Prize. His work, which also includes Out of the World, A Time for Everything and the Seasons Quartet, is published in thirty-five languages.

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Praise for The Morning Star

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

[Knausgaard] reveals himself to be a surprise master of the uncanny... a thoughtful, highly readable novel, packed with ideas and exciting flourishes.

Los Angeles Times

A compelling mystery.

Mail on Sunday

Knausgaard's sentences, in Martin Aitken's translation, are both plainly direct and lyrically, emotionally elevated . . . Symphonic.

Heidi Julavits, New York Times Book Review

The narrators' stories converge and build towards an unexpected, brilliantly handled and devastating conclusion.

Spectator

Fascinating, provocative... [The Morning Star] recalls the best of My Struggle: that swooping interplay between the general and the specific.

Claire Lowdon, Times Literary Supplement

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

A masterpiece, heavenly and diabolical in equal measure.

Emily Watkins

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

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

Ravishing... This combination of the universal and the intimate enables the novel to approach weighty subjects - death and dying, belief and despair - with both the thrust of a suspense narrative and the depth of a philosophical inquiry.

New Yorker