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The Wolves of Eternity

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I read The Morning Star compulsively, and stayed awake all night after finishing it. Brandon Taylor

Book Review: ‘The Wolves of Eternity,’ by Karl Ove Knausgaard

In present-day Russia, Alevtina Kotov, a biologist working at Moscow University, is traveling with her young son to the home of her stepfather, to celebrate his eightieth birthday. As a student, Alevtina was bright, curious and ambitious, asking the big questions about life and human consciousness. But as she approaches middle-age, most of that drive has gone, and she finds herself in a place she doesn’t want to be, without really understanding how she got there. Her stepfather, a musician, raised her as his own daughter, and she was never interested in learning about her biological father; when she finally starts looking into him, she learns that he died many years ago and left two sons, Joar and Syvert.With “The Wolves of Eternity,” the Norwegian distance runner Karl Ove Knausgaard brings us his second massive speculative novel in three years. Like its predecessor, “ The Morning Star” (2020), the new novel comprises multiple narratives filtered through various characters. The two also share the conviction that we live in edge times and that the stakes for all of us are now very high.

The Wolves of Eternity: A Novel by Karl Ove Knausgaard The Wolves of Eternity: A Novel by Karl Ove Knausgaard

Like merkelig og rar som 'Morgenstjernen'. Trodde jeg skulle få svar på alle de løse trådene fra 'Morgenstjernen' i denne boka, som omtales som en frittstående oppfølger eller noe sånt. Det kommer få svar. Jeg blir forøvrig dratt inn i historien om Syvert, men synes det er drøyt at de første 400 sidene kun handler om ham. Historiens vending mot Sovjetunionen og Russland er interessant. Alt knyttes fint sammen på en litt for åpenbar måte, kanskje? The Wolves of Eternity,” like some 19th-century Russian novel, wrestles with the great contraries: the materialist view and the religious, the world as cosmic accident versus embodiment of some radiant intention. Is this world shot through with meaning or not? Has there ever been a better time to ask?

Through palpable tension balanced with glimmers of hope, Hoover beautifully captures the heartbreak and joy of starting over.

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