Scandinavian Literature Series
Jon Fosse
Translated by Grethe Kvernes

In real life, Lars Hertervig would become, along with Edvard Munch, one of Norway’s most renowned painters—but in Melancholy he is a promising young artist tortured by doubt and unhinged by unrequited love. After agonizing over his work, drinking alone in a student bar, and obsessively revisiting the loss of his great love, he quits painting entirely, suffers a nervous collapse, and finds himself incarcerated in an insane asylum.

Told with a seamlessly powerful and compulsive voice, the narrator’s art becomes, in the end, a means of extricating himself from the tortures of love. “I’ll get away from Gaustad Asylum,” he says when he’s finally released, “and I’ll paint your picture away.”

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Translated by Grethe Kvernes
Publication: Scandinavian Literature Series
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of pages: 296
ISBN-13: 9781564784513
GTIN13: 9781564784513
Publication date: 11/1/2006
Language: eng
List price: $13.95