Jon Fosse
Morning and evening

A child is born; he will be named Johannes, and will be a fisherman. An old man dies; his name is Johannes, he was a fisherman. This novel, written with the concentrated power of poetry, spans these two extremes of a human life, its language entering into the very process of being born and that of dying, when everything remains the same and yet is completely different. Between these two points, Jon Fosse gives us the details of an entire life, starkly compressed. Beginning with Johannes’s father’s thoughts as his wife goes into labor, and ending with Johannes’s own thoughts as he embarks upon a day in his life when everything is exactly the same, yet totally different, Morning and Evening is a novel concerning the beautiful dream that our lives have meaning.

“Morning and Evening is a simple story about life’s most important questions—in fact, about nothing less than the meaning of life itself. Fosse conveys his speculations in profound and truly gripping language. It is almost impossible not to be brought deep into Johannes the fisherman’s world.”

Tone Solberg, Dagens Næringsliv

“Jon Fosse has been compared to Ibsen and to Beckett, and it is easy to see his work as Ibsen stripped down to its emotional essentials. But it is much more.”

The New York Times

“A masterful short novel.”

Terje Eidsvåg, Adresseavisen

Jon Fosse

Jon Fosse
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Jon Fosse is regarded by many as one of the most important authors of our time. His work has been translated into over 40 languages and there have been over 1000 productions of his plays worldwide. Fosse is the recipient of countless prestigious prizes, both in his native Norway and abroad. He made his debut as fiction writer in 1983 with the novel Raudt, svart (Red, Black), and has since written more than 30 plays, among them Nokon kjem til å komme (Someone Is Going to Come), Draum om hausten (Autumn Dream) and Eg er vinden (I Am the Wind). Besides novels and plays Fosse writes poetry, essays, short stories and children’s books. Winje Agency is selling all his work, also plays, for publications all over the world.

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Among other prizes:
2023 Nobel Prize in Literature
Longlisted for The 2020 Booker International Prize
2017 European Poetry Prize of the City of Münster, Germany
2016 Willy Brandt Prize
2015 Nordic Council's Literature Award, for Trilogy
2014 European Prize for Literature
2010 International Ibsen Prize
2007 Deutsche Jugendbuch Preis

Edited October 10, 2023 by Winje Agency