Jon Fosse

Books by Jon Fosse

The Norwegian novelist, playwright, and poet Jon Fosse has been announced as the winner of the 2023 Nobel Prize for Literature. A literary celebrity in his native country, he is the author of more than 40 plays, essay collections, short stories, and the internationally acclaimed prose sequence Septology.

Septology was released in the US as a special single-edition in 2022; in the UK it has been published in three parts by Fitzcarraldo. A new novel, A Shining, was released in English in fall 2023. As the critic Merve Emre has written: “One rarely sees living writers treated with such reverence.”

Interviews where books by Jon Fosse were recommended

The Best of World Literature: The 2022 International Booker Prize Shortlist, recommended by Frank Wynne

The International Booker Prize celebrates the best fiction in translation published over the previous year. Frank Wynne, acclaimed translator and chair of the 2022 judging panel, tells Five Books about the six novels that made the shortlist, and reminds readers that world literature need not be tough, consumed only in the interests of self-improvement—but is often joyful, surprising and full of feeling.

Notable Novels of Fall 2023, recommended by Cal Flyn

Outside it’s autumnal and the nights are drawing in. All the better for admiring the bright lights of publishing’s starriest season, when the shiniest baubles are released in time for the Christmas rush. Five Books deputy editor Cal Flyn rounds up the most notable new novels of Fall 2023, including eagerly-awaited books from Zadie Smith and Jesmyn Ward, plus the buzziest new releases in literary fiction and novels-in-translation  

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