Publication Date: 10/10/2019 ISBN: 9781910695913 Category:

The Other Name

Jon Fosse, Damion Searls

Publisher: Fitzcarraldo Editions
Publication Date: 10/10/2019 ISBN: 9781910695913 Category:
Paperback / Softback

£12.99

Quantity:

Description

What makes us who we are? And why do we lead one life and not another? The year is coming to a close and Asle, an ageing painter and widower who lives alone on the southwest coast of Norway, is reminiscing about his life. His only friends are his neighbour, Asleik, a traditional fisherman-farmer, and Beyer, a gallerist who lives in the city. There, in Bjorgvin, lives another Asle, also a painter but lonely and consumed by alcohol. Asle and Asle are doppelgangers – two versions of the same person, two versions of the same life, both grappling with existential questions about life, death, love, light and shadow, faith and hopelessness. Written in melodious and hypnotic `slow prose’, THE OTHER NAME: SEPTOLOGY I-II is an indelible and poignant exploration of the human condition by Jon Fosse, `a major European writer’ (Karl Ove Knausgaard), in which everything is always there, and past and present flow together.

Publisher Review

'Fosse has written a strange mystical moebius strip of a novel, in which an artist struggles with faith and loneliness, and watches himself, or versions of himself, fall away into the lower depths. The social world seems distant and foggy in this profound, existential narrative, which is only the first part of what promises to be a major work of Scandinavian fiction.' - Hari Kunzru, author of WHITE TEARS

Find this book on the following lists

Book experts at your service

What are you looking for?

A recommendation
Something specific
  • Mr B's Recommendation Station
  • Fill in the three questions below, along with your name and email address, and our book experts will be in touch soon with their personal recommendations
  • I'm after something specific
  • Tell us about the book, author or subject you're looking for, along with your name and email address and our book experts will be in touch as soon as possible