The Dog Manuscripts
Jon Fosse The Nobel Prize
Original title: Hundemanuskripta
Publisher: Samlaget, 2018, (1995, 1996, 1997)
Genre: Collection of three short stories
Pages: 150 pages
The Dog Manuscripts is a collection of three short stories written by Fosse in the late 90s. The texts read beautifully with the quirky, light, and humorous flow quintessential to Fosse’s style of writing. The three individual books, Nei å nei (No, oh no), Du å du (My oh my), and Fy å fy (Dear oh dear) is reprinted in a new beautiful collection after high demand. A modern cult book?
Nei å nei, is a chronicle about Websterr the Dog. He lives a calm and sheltered life with the old Oline. Websterr spends his life day dreaming of being Websterr the drifter, wandering through the world alone. One day, when Oline is inattentive he sees his chance and runs off in pursuit of adventures.
The second, Du å du, is the story of Olav, an elderly dog in a boathouse deep in the fjord. He has one friend, a bachelor as himself, living further up the mountain. But one day, when Olav is on his way to visit his only friend,he meets the most beautiful lady dog from the city. A lifechanging meeting?
The final story, Fy å fy takes place of a freighter, transporting sand and gravel between villages and towns. On board lives the skipper Moreld, with his shipdog Haktor, and not to mention the tramp, Einar. Haktor has learned how to accept Einar’s dislike of him…
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