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  • Published: 28 September 2021
  • ISBN: 9781910701720
  • Imprint: Harvill Secker
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 688
  • RRP: $32.99

The Morning Star

the new novel from the author of My Struggle

The major new novel from one of the world's greatest writers

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

  • Published: 28 September 2021
  • ISBN: 9781910701720
  • Imprint: Harvill Secker
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 688
  • RRP: $32.99

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... The storytelling gift that kept readers enthralled by My Struggle remains powerful. Like Stephen King, another inspiration here, Knausgaard stays shoulder-close to his characters... This is a thoughtful, highly readable novel, packed with ideas and exciting flourishes.

Los Angeles Times

A compelling mystery.

Mail on Sunday

The familiar, addictive Knausgaardian evocation of the minutiae of everyday life is still here, but now comes wrapped in a story far pacier and more action-packed than My Struggle.

Daily Telegraph

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.


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

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