“Forget the conventions of literature, the man’s story spills out without apparent revision, demotic, raw, tormented.” To read the full review, visit RTE’s website.
Jon Fosse’s Melancholy becomes a much more interesting novel when the reader knows that the main character, Lars Hertervig, actually existed. In fact, Hertervig is considered one of Norway’s leading painters. This book is Fosse’s homage to him. In 1996 one of Read on! →
Sosic’s sorrowful and strange first novel, first published in 1997, is narrated over 15 chapters by a 15-year-old girl in Yugoslavia known only as “Ballerina,” whose mental disabilities render her a perpetual child. The halting, declarative first-person voice conveys Ballerina’s Read on! →
Trilogy is Jon Fosse’s critically acclaimed, luminous love story about Asle and Alida, two lovers trying to find their place in this world. Homeless and sleepless, they wander around Bergen in the rain, trying to make a life for themselves and the child they expect. Through a rich web of historical, cultural, and theological allusions, Fosse constructs a modern parable of injustice, resistance, crime, and redemption. Consisting of three novellas (Wakefulness, Olav’s Dreams, and Weariness), Trilogy is a haunting, mysterious, and poignant evocation of love, for which Fosse received The Nordic Council’s Prize for Literature in 2015. Read on! →
“He has a surgeon’s ability to use the scalpel and to cut into the most prosaic, everyday happenings, to tear loose fragments from life, to place them under the microscope and examine them minutely, in order to present them afterward . . . sometimes so endlessly desolate, dark, and fearful that Kafka himself would have been frightened.” —Aftenposten Read on! →