Jon Fosse's preferred mediums of writing have been fiction, and drama, nonetheless, he has written a variety of irresistible essays throughout his prolific career. From writings on literature and theatre, and other his relationship to the arts in general, to more personal essays, all giving insight to just how incisive a critic and memoirist he can be.
Karl Ove Knausgaard, the author of My Struggle, wrote in his introduction to a Swedish collection of essays:
“Nobody has described the essence of Jon Fosse work better than Leo Tolstoj, in the novel War and Peace, when the protagonist Prince Andrei is moved to tears listening to music and tries to understand why. He finds in the process the eerie contractions between the infinity within him and his being simultaneously limited and earthbound. This contradiction, between the inner infinity and the outer limitation, is the driving force in all that Jon Fosse has written.”
These essays are available on demand for compilations of choice, the majority multiple languages.
Previous compilations include, amongst others, From Telling via Showing towards Writing, An Angel Walks Through The Stage and Other Essays, and Gnostic Essays