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By Jon Fosse
Translated by May-Brit Akerholt

Publication date:
November 17, 2017

Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2023

One of Jon Fosse’s most acclaimed novels, Boathouse features an unnamed narrator who leads a hermit-like existence until he unexpectedly encounters a long-lost childhood friend and his wife. Part stream-of-consciousness metafictive exercise, part gripping crime novel, Boathouse slowly unravels the story of a love triangle to reveal a tale of jealousy and betrayal.

"In his radical reduction of language and dramatic action, [Jon Fosse] expresses the most powerful human emotions of anxiety and powerlessness in the simplest everyday terms." —Anders Olsson, chairman of the Nobel Committee at the Swedish Academy

"Fosse is our age's great writer of light and darkness." —Randy Boyagoda, New York Times

"To read Fosse's plays and novels is to enter into communion with a writer whose presence one feels all the more intensely owing to his air of reserve, his withdrawal." —Merve Emre, The New Yorker

Jon Fosse has written over thirty books and twenty-eight plays that have been translated into over forty languages. In 2007, Fosse became a chevalier of the Ordre national du Mérite of France, and he was awarded the International Ibsen Award in 2010. In 2011, he moved into Grotten, an honorary residence for artists on the grounds of the Royal Palace in Oslo. He was awarded the European Prize for Literature in 2014 and the Nordic Council Literature Prize in 2015.

Born and raised in Norway, May-Brit Akerholt now lives in Australia, where she is a recipient of a Fellowship from the Theatre Board of Australia Council. She has translated numerous plays and is also the author of Patrick White.