The main character and narrator, Asle, is a painter, a widower, living in the house in Dylgja where he used to live with his wife, Ales. He lives alone, his only friends being his neighbor, Åsleik, a bachelor and traditional Norwegian fisherman-farmer, and Beyer, a gallerist who lives in Bjørgvin, a couple hours drive south of Dylgja. There, in Bjørgvin, lives another Asle, also a painter. He and the narrator are doppelgangers—two versions of the same person, two versions of the same life. The meeting between the two is a focal point of this fictional universe. The narrator’s whole life is told in flashbacks, as is most of his namesake’s life. But it all fits together, since the two are, in a way, one. The main events of the novel take place within a few days in December, around Christmas, and spans deep questions on our human conditions, in our lives, relations and in our believes.
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UK, Fitzcarraldo editions (whole work) Denmark, Batzer (vol. I) Germany, Rowohlt (whole work) Sweden, Bonniers (whole work) The Netherlands, Uitgeverij Oevers,(Vol. I) Spain, De Conatus (vol.1)
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With Septology I-II, Jon Fosse has written a masterwork. Upon finishing it, one feels one has witnessed a monumental event, I think that the publication in 2019 will be a literary sensation. I would recommend this book to absolutely everyone. - Reader by Batzer Publishing House The only bad thing about this novel is that it won’t be published until 2019! - Reader by Batzer Publishing House
Jon Fosse is widely considered one of the world’s most important living writers. Born in 1959 in Strandebarm, a small village in the western part of Norway, he lives today in the Grotten, an honorary residence, as well as in Hainburg, Austria, and Frekhaug, Norway.