Original title: Septologien, I, II and III
Publisher: Det Norske Samlaget, 2019 - 2020 - 2021
Septologien, volume I to be published in 2019
The main character and narrator, Asle, is a painter, a widower, living in the house in Dylgja where he used to live with his wife, Ales. He lives alone, his only friends being his neighbor, Åsleik, a bachelor and traditional Norwegian fisherman-farmer, and Beyer, a gallerist who lives in Bjørgvin, a couple hours drive south of Dylgja. There, in Bjørgvin, lives another Asle, also a painter. He and the narrator are doppelgangers—two versions of the same person, two versions of the same life. The meeting between the two is a focal point of this fictional universe.
The narrator’s whole life is told in flashbacks, as is most of his namesake’s life. But it all fits together, since the two are, in a way, one.
The main events of the novel take place within a few days in December, around Christmas, and spans deep questions on our human conditions, in our lives, relations and in our believes.
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Fosse has received numerous prizes, both in Norway and internationally, and he is mentioned increasingly often as a likely contender for the Nobel Prize. Fosse is currently working on a seven-volume work of what he calls "slow prose”: Septology, to be published in three volumes in 2019, 2021, and 2023.