Criticism of Karl of Knausgaard’s “The Morning Star”

HIt is a moment in American writer Stephen King’s stories when a group of ordinary people, surrounded by an inexplicable horror, realize it is real. That it can no longer be explained out of the world. That demon has already moved to their small town. Vampires are coming. The rise of the dead. This was not imagined by anyone.

Tobias Reuther

Editor at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sunday newspaper in Berlin.

“Perhaps the most terrifying question,” says King’s 1983 Pet Graveyard, “is how much horror the human mind can withstand without sacrificing vigilance, openness, and a sound mind.” Where the mind either triumphs or bends and collapses, the point at which a person’s sense of humor begins to reassert itself.”

In his new novel, Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgård heads to the point where the unreal becomes reality and everyone agrees on this new reality for a long time – but then gets over it. Justin, a member of the “Morning Star” group, a somewhat disgusting journalist, wakes up in the hospital after being in a coma for thirteen days.

He’s been working on a crazy story and wants to come back right away, it’s about a demonic heavy metal squad that gets ritually murdered; Justin had reported from the crime scene before everything around him darkened. “You can take it simply,” says his doctor now, but with a smile. “A lot has happened in the past two weeks and I’m sure no one is interested anymore.” What does Justin ask, what could be greater than my story?

We won’t find out. Because at this point, eight hundred pages later, about very hot days in the Norwegian port city of Bergen, days when people were running around screaming in the streets or speaking in tongues, birds with scales and children’s faces flying in the air, and crabs from the sea in the woods escaping, Rev. He buried a man with whom she had been on the plane the night before and saw him again after the funeral, days when a giant with a bull’s head and three connecting wires appeared on his bare skull in the bushes and, above all, one new star appeared in the sky, bright and big and dominating, Knausgård interrupted his work .

Article at the end

Then the novel ends with an article of about a hundred pages: “On death and the dead.” It was written by one of his characters, Egil, who lives privately in a summer house by the fjord, where he does his research on Kierkegaard and the Bible, the ideas of which are now included in the article.

It revolves around only three questions – “What is death? What is a file the body? What is a file dream? – only to become a story again, the memory of an unknown man, Frank, whom Eagle met by chance on the train, and then escorted to the funeral of his daughter, who appears to both of them again. This memory then concludes with the appearance of a morning star in the sky over Bergen. What happens in The next thirteen days is not said.

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