Jon Fosse The Nobel Prize
Original title: Dødsvariasjoner
Publisher: Samlaget, 2002
Pages: 110 pages
Once upon a time, the couple was young, newlywed, and optimistic, but they weren’t able to live together. Many years later, a terrible tragedy – their daughter’s suicide – forces them to meet again. Through rapid shifts between past and present, we take part in small yet crucial moments in the lives of these three people: the first evening in their own apartment, the birth of their daughter, and the parents’ divorce.
Death Variations explores different aspects of the theme of death; death of love, the death of a relationship, death of happiness, and the death of a young person. This powerful, thought-provoking, life-affirming play transcends all borders in its exploration of the issue of youth suicide, in its exploration of the mind and spirit of young people, looking at what might happen when their minds confuse the real and the imaginary.
French: L’Arche Editeur