Septology

Septology

Jon Fosse

Original title: Septologien, I, II and III
Publisher: Det Norske Samlaget, 2019 - 2020 - 2021

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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.

Foreign rights

Batzer in Denmark, Rowohlt in Germany, Uitgeverij Oevers in The Netherlands, Bonniers in Sweden, Fitzcarraldo Editions in UK, De Conatus in Spain

Awards

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.

Fosse’s Danish publisher gave Septology I-II to one of their readers, and this is what he said (Jon sent it to me; I thought I’d translate it for you):

With Septology I-II, Jon Fosse has written a masterwork. Upon finishing it, one feels one has witnessed a monumental event, I think that the publication in 2019 will be a literary sensation. I would recommend this book to absolutely everyone.

Reader by Batzer Publishing House

The only bad thing about this novel is that it won’t be published until 2019!

Reader at Batzer Publishing House

Jon Fosse

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Photo: Tove Breistein

Jon Fosse is widely considered one of the world’s most important living writers. Born in 1959 in Strandebarm, a small village in the western part of Norway, he lives today in the Grotten, an honorary residence, as well as in Hainburg, Austria, and Frekhaug, Norway.

Fosse has received numerous prizes, both in Norway and internationally, and he is mentioned increasingly often as a likely contender for the Nobel Prize. He is currently finishing a major seven-volume work of what he calls “slow prose”: Septology, to be published in three volumes in 2019, 2021, and 2023.

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