- Series: Norwegian Literature
- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press (September 25, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1628971088
- ISBN-13: 978-1628971088
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #899,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Morning and Evening (Norwegian Literature) Paperback – September 25, 2015
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About the Author
Called "the new Ibsen" and heralded throughout Europe, Jon Fosse is one of contemporary Norwegian literature's most important writers. He has published some thirty books of fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction. In 2000, his novel Melancholy won the Melsom Prize, and Fosse was awarded a lifetime stipend from the Norwegian government for his future literary efforts.
Damion Searls has translated twenty-five books from German, French, Norwegian, and Dutch. He is the recipient of Guggenheim, NEA, and Cullman Center fellowships and the author of a book of short stories, What We Were Doing and Where We Were Going.
Top customer reviews
The first 15 pages of the novella describe in real time the birth of Johannes, the other 80 the last day of his life. Despite unfolding in a cliché way, this is a great, heartfelt read. Condensing Johannes’s life into two points could have easily been used as a gimmick but Fosse pulls it off, and by the end of this short, short book you feel like you’ve seen Johannes’s whole lifespan.
Don’t be deceived by the length—this is a surprisingly dense, stream of conscious novella. But don’t be put off by that either, because the language here is simpler (but still just as poetic) compared to similarly written books. Once you get used to the style it's not too hard to follow, no leaps through times, and matches the disorientation Johannes, the main character, feels when he wakes up on a day when everything is the same but at the same time different.
This is one of Fosse’s more critically acclaimed works back home. It was nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize and ranked fourth on a list of the top 25 Norwegian books published from 1981 to 2006. I'd recommend anyone who wants to read Fosse's prose start here (although you can't go wrong with Aliss, either).