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Little Star

Translated by Marlaine Delargy

Lennart Cederström, embittered ex-pop singer, is foraging for mushrooms when he finds a baby left for dead in a plastic bag. He revives her and is utterly astonished by the sound of her crying: the child’s voice is a clear, haunting, perfectly pitched note.

Lennart decides the girl will be his project. Raised in isolation, untainted by the dross and banality of the everyday, she will become the vehicle for a pure, exquisite music. He installs the baby in the basement and threatens to kill his downtrodden wife if she breathes a word. But their delinquent son Jerry is a harder case and his ideas for the infant prodigy, whom he names Theres, involve talent shows, celebrity and enormous success.

Meanwhile the child is growing up and developing a few ideas of her own. Only hers involve a hammer. A hammer, and a very strong taste for violence and a strange ambition to appear on Swedish Idol.

Imagine what will happen when she finds a friend who shares her interests.

John Ajvide Lindqvist
About the Author

John Ajvide Lindqvist lives in Sweden. His first novel, Let the Right One In, was published in thirty countries and adapted into two feature films. His novels Handling the Undead, Harbour and Little Star are also published by Text Publishing.

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3 October 2011
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‘Little Star reaches a horrific climax at a music concert. Shades here of Stephen King’s Carrie, with both the apocalyptic conclusion and the depiction of the backgrounds that lead to the transformation of the girls into “wolves” … Lindqvist certainly hits all the right notes.’

‘Lindqvist, like Stephen King, with whom he has been compared, offers finely crafted and psychologically sharp parables of a cracked society … Against a backdrop of Swedish pop classics he concocts a climax of splattering intensity that gives an entirely new twist to the plastic positivism of girrrl power.’

Little Star by John Ajvide Lindqvist is a strange but compelling novel: grotesque, funny at times, and very pointedly satirising the music industry, television and social media.‘

‘Weaving such very European elements as Oedipus, Kasper Hauser, Dr. Frankenstein and Abba together into a relentless, driving narrative, Lindqvist has created a heartless but beautiful monster that lurches across the page.’

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  • Little Star
    ISBN: 9781921834790
    3 October 2011
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