Girl in Yellow Raincoat

Girl in Yellow Raincoat

Jon Fosse The Nobel Prize

Original title: Jente i gul regnjakke
Publisher: Samlaget, 2010
Genre: Play
Pages: 87 pages

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In the play we meet six people: three women and three men. The play is an examination of our collective weaknesses and the fragility of children. It asks questions about notions surrounding fear. Oscillating between humour and sorrow, between remembrance and the here and now, the characters builds a portrait of the girl in a yellow raincoat, standing forlorn in the rain. Who was she, and is she you or me?

“Fosse does not name specific causes, or allocate any blame. His vague dramas drill into societal conditions, going beyond what we might want to perceive.”

Tom Egil Hverven, Klassekampen

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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