Norwegian author Jon Fosse, 64, won the 2023 Nobel Prize for Literature “for his innovative plays and prose which give voice to the unsayable.” Fosse is the author of the multi-volume novel Septology, in addition to more than 40 plays, plus other novels, short stories, children’s books, poetry and essays. His publisher in the US is Transit Books.
Transit publisher Adam Z. Levy tells PL, “We have the first single-volume paperback edition of Septology coming out this month along with his latest work, A Shining, which comes out on October 31. Needless to say we’ll be putting together a new print run, but are discussing the quantity with our distributor now.” (Transit is distributed by Consortium.) They currently have about 5,000 copies of each in print. The hardcover of Septology, translated by Damion Searls and published in November 2022, has sold just under 2,000 copies according to Circana Booksan.
The Nobel committee writes, “His immense oeuvre written in Norwegian Nynorsk and spanning a variety of genres consists of a wealth of plays, novels, poetry collections, essays, children’s books and translations. While he is today one of the most widely performed playwrights in the world, he has also become increasingly recognised for his prose.”
Fosse was a 2022 finalist for the National Book Award for Translated Literature and the International Booker Prize for A New Name: Septology VI-VII.