Jon Fosse The Nobel Prize
Original title: Raudt, Svart
Publisher: Samlaget, 1983
Pages: 181 pages
Red, Black is Jon Fosse’s debut novel – a book about a high school student in a small village in Western Norway. He lives in a dorm, plays the guitar, skips class, and rebels against his parents and everything they stand for. It is a tender and gripping depiction of several decisive days in the life of an anxiety-ridden young boy.
Fosse was a 23-year-old student in Bergen when Red, Black was published. His debut novel sets the tone for much of what would later come in his career as a writer.