Melancholy by Jon Fosse

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Melancholy takes us deep inside a painter's fragile consciousness, vulnerable to everything but therefore uniquely able to see its beauty and its light.


About Jon Fosse

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Called the new Ibsen in the German press, and heralded throughout Western Europe, Jon Fosse is one of contemporary Norwegian literatures most important writers. Born in 1959, he has published some thirty books of fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction since 1983. In 2000, Melancholy won the Melsom Prize, and Fosse was awarded a lifetime stipend from the Norwegian government for his future literary efforts. This fall, one of his plays will be performed in New York. Grethe Kvernes attended Bard College, where she studied translation. Damion Searls has translated many of Europe's greatest writers: Rilke, Proust, Ingeborg Bachmann, Peter Handke, Nescio, Robert Walser, Kurt Schwitters, Jon Fosse, and others.
Published November 1, 2006 by Dalkey Archive Press. 284 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Lars Hertervig, a young Quaker from a small Norwegian island, has been sent by a patron to study landscape painting in Düsseldorf.

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Nineteenth-century Norwegian artist Lars Hertervig painted luminous landscapes, suffered mental illness and died poor in 1902.

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Austin Chronicle

Lars Hertervig, the painter, repeats himself because he has gone mad, and as far as Jon Fosse, the writer, knows, when people go mad, they repeat themselves.

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