The Bottle Collector

The Bottle Collector

Jon Fosse The Nobel Prize

Original title: Flaskesamlaren
Publisher: Samlaget, 1991
Genre: Novel
Pages: 203 pages

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Is the main character in this novel named Fredrik or Bjørn? Is he a country boy with a priest for a father, or did he grow up in a suburb with a father who’s now a retired construction worker? This book centres around issues of identity and delves deeply into the recognition of the postmodern subject’s fragmentation and loneliness.

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I am captivated by his way of telling stories. I don’t think anyone has succeeded in capturing the atmosphere of the present moment as accurately as Jon Fosse.

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Jon Fosse

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Nobel Prize-winner Jon Fosse (b. 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 now lives 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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