Jon Fosse

Jon Fosse ( born September 29, 1959 in Haugesund, Norway) is a Norwegian author. He grew up in Strandebarm in the municipality of Kvam in Hardanger and now lives with his family in the village at the Austrian- Slovak border.

Life and work

First, Jon Fosse published mainly poetry and novels, in recent years he has mainly devoted to the spectacle. His plays are now performed all over the world, there are translations in over 40 languages. 2007 Knights Cross of the Ordre national du Mérite awarded him. The Daily Telegraph also led Fosse 2007 83rd place in the ranking of the Top 100 living geniuses.

In 2000, for example, three of his plays were staged at some of the most important German language theaters in German translation: At the Salzburg Festival, at the stage at Rosa Luxemburg Platz and the Deutsches Theater Berlin, the Thalia Theater in Hamburg and at the Zurich Schauspielhaus. These are the pieces of the name, The Night sings its songs and the child. The Munich Chamber games brought out in 2002, for example, dream in the fall.

The generation of writers who belongs to Jon Fosse, led in the 80s a postmodernism in Norway. This style looks in a deliberate contrast to the socially critical strain of the 70s. In the Fosse does not point to a tendency to intertextuality, but rather in a penchant for religion. His home region of Western Norway appears in his texts frequently. Its mainly written in Nynorsk works often appear bleak, in poetry, he is partly inspired by Georg Trakl.

In his novels, he clearly preferred the personal narrative in which no omniscient narrator is present and the events are filtered only by the eyes of the narrator. Very clearly, this is, for example, in the narrative morning and evening ( Morgon og kveld, 2001, German 2003). Here reported a dying fishing an old woman supervising him his life story and especially the story of love between him and his late wife in front of him. Despite the grim subject, it Fosse manages to shine through a little light that is far from intrusive conversion religiosity. In his novel Melancholy (Eng. 2001 norw Melancholia I, 1995, Melancholia II, 1996) Fosse describes the life of the deranged painter Lars Hertervig.

His dramas set as well as the novels encounters between people at the center, which can bring the respective protagonists to a new understanding of each other.

Fosse was after its exit from the Lutheran state church first Quaker and converted to Catholicism in 2013.



  • The name ( Namnet, 1995) - National Ibsen Award (1996 ), Nestroy Prize (2000)
  • There is going to come ( I'm Nokon kjem til å, 1996)
  • The child ( Barnet, 1996)
  • Mother and Child ( Mor og barn, 1997)
  • The son ( Sonen, 1997)
  • The night sings her songs ( Natta Syng sine songar, 1997)
  • Summer ( A sommars dag, 1999)
  • The guitar man ( Gitarmannen, 1999)
  • Dream of Autumn ( Draum lived om, 1999)
  • Visit ( besøk, 2000)
  • Winter ( Vinter, 2000)
  • Beautiful ( vakkert, 2001)
  • Death Variations ( Dødsvariasjonar, 2001)
  • Purple / Purple ( Lilla, 2003)
  • Sleep ( Svevn, 2005)
  • Rambuku (2006)
  • Shadow ( " Skuggar, 2006)
  • Death in Thebes, UA: 2010 at the Salzburg Festival. It is a compilation of three Sophocles dramas. Director: Angela Richter. Venue: Republic


  • Red, black ( Raudt, svart, 1983)
  • Melancholy ( Melancholia I & II, 1995 /96) - Melsom price
  • Morning and evening ( Morgon og kveld, 2000)
  • This is Alise (Det he Ales, 2003)


  • Sleepless ( Andvake 2008)


  • Melancholia after his novel melancholy music by Georg Friedrich Haas, ( Urauff. at the Palais Garnier, Paris, on June 9, 2008)

Children's book

  • Sister ( Søster, 2000) - Winner of the German Youth Literature Award 2007


  • 2000: Nestroy Theatre Prize
  • 2005: Olav's Medal
  • 2010: The International Ibsen Award