Aliss at the Fire
Translated by Damion Searls
In her old house by the fjord, Signe lies on a bench and sees a vision of herself as she was more than twenty years earlier: standing by the window waiting for her husband Asle, on that terrible late November day when he took his rowboat out onto the water and never returned. Her memories widen out to include their whole life together, and beyond: the bonds of family and the battles with implacable nature stretching back over five generations, to Asle's great-great-grandmother Aliss. In Jon Fosse's vivid, hallucinatory prose, all these moments in time inhabit the same space, and the ghosts of the past collide with those who still live on. Aliss at the Fire is a visionary masterpiece, a haunting exploration of love and loss that ranks among the greatest meditations on marriage and human fate.
Click here to listen to translator Damion Searls in conversation with The Center for the Art of Translation's Scott Esposito about Jon Fosse, Aliss at the Fire, and translation.
Nb of pages 100 p.
Publication Date 16 September 2010
Nb of pages 100
List Price $12.95
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Genres : Fiction : Europe : Nordic
Countries : Norway