Books by Jon Fosse and Complete Book Reviews

Jon Fosse, trans. from the Norwegian by Damion Searls. Dalkey Archive (Columbia, dist.), $14 trade paper (112p) ISBN 978-1-62897-108-8
In this dreamlike novel, Fosse (Melancholy II), a celebrated Norwegian writer and author of more than 30 books, draws readers into a disorienting work that seamlessly oscillates between its parts. The book is divided into two compact yet deeply...
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John Fosse, trans. from the Norwegian by Damion Searls, Dalkey Archive, $12.95 paper (120p) ISBN 978-1-56478-573-2
A drowning is solemnly relived over the generations in Fosse's circuitous, claustrophobic tale. The text begins in 2002, rewinds to late November 1979, then farther back to the initial occurrence on November 17, 1897: a woman stands at a window...
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Jon Fosse, Author, Grethe Kvernes, Translator, Damion Searls, Translator , trans. from the Norwegian by Grethe Kvernes and Damion Searls. Dalkey Archive $13.95 (284p) ISBN 978-1-56478-451-3
Nineteenth-century Norwegian artist Lars Hertervig painted luminous landscapes, suffered mental illness and died poor in 1902. In this wild stream-of-consciousness narrative, Fosse delves into Hertervig's mind as the events of one day...
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Jon Fosse, trans. from the Norwegian by Eric Dickens. Dalkey Archive, $14.95 trade paper (112p) ISBN 978-1-56478-904-4
In this coda to the acclaimed Melancholy, Fosse’s presentation of commonplace events is almost unbearably intense. Set in Norway during the early years of the last century, this story is told from the point of view of Oline, the sister of real-life...
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Jon Fosse, trans. from the Norwegian by Damion Searls. Transit, $17.95 trade paper (256p) ISBN 978-1-945492-45-7
Fosse continues to wend his way through the mind of Asle, a painter living on the west coast of Norway, in the impressive follow-up to The Other Name. Asle is gray-haired, widowed, and lives alone in a cabin by the sea. As he goes about his day, he...
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Jon Fosse, trans. from the Norwegian by Damion Searls. Transit, $17.95 trade paper (336p) ISBN 978-1-945492-40-2
The first two installments of Fosse’s wondrous septology (after Morning and Evening) sustain a riveting stream of consciousness in a single rhythmic sentence. A graying painter named Asle drives back and forth from the remote Norwegian seaside town...
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Jon Fosse, trans. from the Norwegian by Damion Searls. Transit, $17.95 trade paper (220p) ISBN 978-1-945492-57-0
In the beautiful and unsettling final volume of Fosse’s Septology (after I Is Another), the author increasingly complicates the reader’s understanding of a painter named Asle. As in previous volumes, the perspective switches between Asle’s first-pers
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