Norway’s Jon Fosse wins Nobel for literature

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Source: The post is based on the article “Norway’s Jon Fosse wins Nobel for literaturepublished in “The Hindu” on 6th October 2023

What is the News?

The Nobel Prize for Literature 2023 has been awarded to Norwegian author Jon Olav Fosse for his innovative plays and prose which give voice to the unsayable.

Who is Jon Fosse?

Jon Fosse was born in 1959 in the Norwegian coastal town of Haugesund.He is considered as one of the most important contemporary European writers.

He published his first novel, Red, Black in 1983.He has since published numerous novels, stories, books of poetry, essay collections and even children’s books.

His work “A New Name: Septology VI-VII” was a finalist for the International Booker Prize in 2022.Other notable works by Fosse include I Am the Wind, Melancholy, Boathouse and The Dead Dogs.

His themes explore the absurdity, the futility and yet the power of the human condition; everyday confusions and irresolutions and the difficulty to form actual connections.

Why is Jon Fosse not very popular in the English-speaking world?

Fosse has been celebrated in Europe for a long time,But he is not that popular in the United Kingdom and that has impacted his visibility in the rest of the English-speaking world like in India.

It has been said that the UK and the US find his themes difficult to relate to and his plays difficult to connect with.

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