The Dog Manuscripts

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

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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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Jon Fosse

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Nobel Prize-winner Jon Fosse, born in 1959, is widely considered one of the most important writers of our time. For almost forty years, he has written novels, plays, poems, stories, essays, and children’s books. His award-winning work has been translated into more than fifty languages and his plays have been staged over a thousand times all over the world.

Jon Fosse grew up in Strandebarm, a small village in the western part of Norway, he lives today in the Grotten, an honorary residence in Oslo, as well as in Hainburg, Austria, and Frekhaug, Norway.

Fosse was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2023 and has received numerous prizes, both in Norway and internationally through the years.

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