Karl Ove Knausgaard presents "The Morning Star," with Lauren Oyler
September 30, 2021, 8:00 PM
Each ticket comes bundled with a copy of The Morning Star. The first 100 copies will include a signed bookplate. This program is co-presented by our friends at Harvard Bookstore and Politics & Prose, and will take place on YouTube. Purchase tickets here:
Last night a new star appeared in the sky. The Morning Star.
I know what it means. It means that it has begun.
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 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, 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.
Karl Ove Knausgaard’s first novel, Out of the World, was the first ever debut novel to win the Norwegian Critics’ Prize and his second, A Time for Everything, was widely acclaimed. The My Struggle cycle of novels has been heralded as a masterpiece wherever it has appeared, and the first volume was awarded the prestigious Brage Prize.
Lauren Oyler's essays on books and culture have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the London Review of Books, Harper's, the Guardian, New York Magazine's The Cut, Bookforum, and elsewhere. She is the author of the novel Fake Accounts.