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Prose and poetry

Literaturhaus Basel

In 2023, Jon Fosse, regarded as the most important Norwegian playwright since Henrik Ibsen, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. His plays are performed around the world. His prose, which has been translated into German for well over twenty years by Hinrich Schmidt-Henkel, is also internationally celebrated. Thomas Sarbacher has combined poetry and prose into a reading (“Morning and Evening”), which offers a direct experience of the unique and original tone, and the existential force of Fosse’s literature. The Fosse expert Prof. Klaus Müller-Wille will introduce his life and work.

Jon Fosse (*1959 in Haugesund), is regarded as on the most important European writers of our time, and first gained international recognition as a playwright. His first works to be translated into German were the novel “Melancholy”, “Morning and Evening” and “Aliss at the Fire”. In 2015, he was awarded the Nordic Council Literature Prize for his novel “Trilogy”. In 2020, for “The Other Name”, the first volume of his novel project “Septology”, he was nominated for the International Booker Prize. He lives a secluded life in Oslo and Hainburg on the Danube.

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