“Orwell, Vonnegut, and Douglas Adams are felt on every page, though Magnason is never derivative. His satire and insightful social commentary sweeten the pot and the sheer wackiness of Magnason’s oversized imagination is invigorating.” Publishers Weekly. 

LoveStar, the enigmatic and obsessively driven founder of the LoveStar corporation, has unlocked the key to transmitting data via birdwaves, thus freeing mankind from wires and devices, and allowing consumerism, technology, and science to run rampant over all aspects of daily life. Cordless modern men and women are paid to howl advertisements at unsuspecting passers-by, REGRET machines eliminate doubt over roads not taken, soul mates are identified and brought together (while existing, unscientifically validated relationships are driven remorselessly asunder), and rocketing the dead into the sky becomes both a status symbol and a beautiful, cathartic show for those left behind.

Indridi and Sigrid, two blissfully happy young lovers, have their perfect worlds threatened (along with Indridi’s sanity) when they are “calculated apart” and are forced to go to extreme lengths to prove their love. Their journey ultimately puts them on a collision course with LoveStar, who is on his own mission to find what might become the last idea in the world.

Steeped in influences ranging from Italo Calvino, Jorge Luis Borges, and Kurt Vonnegut to George Orwell, Douglas Adams, and Monty Python, Andri Snær Magnason has created a surreal yet uncomfortably familiar world, where the honey embrace of love does its utmost to survive amid relentless and overpowering controls.

Published by Zulma in France 2015.

Published by Gondolat Kiado – Hungary april 2012.

/Published by Lubbe – Germany 2010.


LoveStar has just been published in Germany by Lubbe. Here you can read a reveiw about the book in German.

“Die Geschichte, die in der nahen Zukunft spielt, laviert irgendwo zwischen George Orwells “1984″, Monty Pythons Flying Circus, Douglas Adams’ “Per Anhalter durch die Galaxis” und Herzschmerzkitsch à la Nicholas Sparks. Autor Andri Snaer Magnason beweist mit LoveStar (Verlag Lübbe), dass die Nordländer nicht nur das blutige, düstere Krimi-Genre draufhaben, sondern auch das Heiter-Absurde.” – auf Anita Lehmeier.

 Here is a review from Deutchland Radio:

“Eine Dystopie, eine negative Utopie könnte man Andri Magnasons “LoveStar” nennen, doch ist der Roman viel zu lustig, als dass man ihm ein so trübsinniges Etikett anheften möchte. Lieber setzt er auf Slapstick als auf Schauereffekte. Darin auch unterscheidet sich “LoveStar” von Klassikern des Genres wie Aldous Huxleys “Schöne neue Welt” und George Orwells “1984”: Er zeigt uns die Zukunft nicht als beklemmende Vision, sondern als skurrile Groteske.” Tobias Lehmkuhl

You can order the book by Lubbe and get more information here.