Jon Fosse is a major European writer. Karl Ove Knausgaard, author of My Struggle Fosse has written a strange mystical moebius strip of a novel, in which an artist struggles with faith and loneliness, and watches himself, or versions of himself, fall away into the lower depths. The social world seems distant and foggy in this profound, existential narrative, which is only the first part of what promises to be a major work of Scandinavian fiction. Hari Kunzru, author of White Tears There is, in this books rhythmic accumulation of words, something incantatory and self-annihilating something that feels almost holy. Wall Street Journal Over the past two decades, Jon Fosse, a playwright, poet, essayist and childrens author as well as a novelist, has won almost every award going in Norway, while his slow prose has gained him a cult following in English translation. He has been compared to Ibsen and Beckett, and his writing has elements of both the formers severity and the latters use of insistent repetition.... The work simply loops and flows. The style is formal, yet with a sense of restlessness. As for plot, there is plenty.... Fosses fusing of the commonplace and the existential, together with his dramatic forays into the past, make for a relentlessly consuming work: already Septology feels momentous. Catherine Taylor, Guardian Fosses portrait of intersecting lives is that rare metaphysical novel that readers will find compulsively readable. Publishers Weekly, starred review Deeply enigmatic though never obscure, the novel presents questions [...] But to understand how completely these things elude comprehension, and to clothe their fundamental mystery in such gorgeous raiment, is an achievement no less profound. Dustin Illingworth, The Nation
Jon Fosse was born in 1959 on the west coast of Norway and is the recipient of countless prestigious prizes, both in his native Norway and abroad. Since his 1983 fiction debut, Raudt, svart [Red, Black], Fosse has written prose, poetry, essays, short stories, childrens books, and over forty plays, with more than a thousand productions performed and translations into fifty languages. The Other Name is the first volume in Septology, his latest prose work, to be published in three volumes by Fitzcarraldo Editions.