Songs

Songs

Jon Fosse The Nobel Prize

Original title: Songar
Publisher: Samlaget, 2009
Genre: Poetry
Pages: 40 pages

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The poems in this book are like songs, written to be played with music. They are light and humorous, simple and clear, yet also contain the difficult and the serious. This book has poems about anxiety and separation, ageing and drinking, and the tone is philosophical and reconciling. These poems are texts to be sung, grow fond of, and recognise yourself in.

“[…] det svingar av desse songane, slik det skal av god musikk.”

Sindre Ekrheim, Bergens Tidende

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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