Norwegian Author Jon Fosse Wins Nobel Prize for Literature 2023

Jon Fosse

Context: Jon Fosse from Norway, won the Nobel Prize in Literature. His plays are among the most widely staged playwright in the world.

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About the news: 

  • The writer is known for his innovative plays and prose, giving “voice to the unsayable”. 
  • His works are written in Norwegian Nynorsk language, covering number of genres- Plays, novels, poetry collections, essays and children’s books. 

Major works of Jon Fosse

  • Jon Fosse made his debut as an author in 1983 with the novel, ‘Red, Black’ (Raudt,Svart), which moves back and forth in time and between perspectives. The novel was emotionally raw broached the theme of suicide.
  • His works are minimalistic and rely on simple language, delivering messages through rhythm, melody and silence. 
  • Boathouse and  Melancholy I and II; Someone is Going to come; And We’ll Never be Parted. 
  • His latest, Septology, is a semiautobiographical work and its third volume was shortlisted for the 2022 International Booker Prize. 
  • In 2022, French Feminist Icon Annie Ernaux was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. 

About Nobel Prize in Literature: 

  • The Swedish Academy, Stockholm, Sweden awards the Prize. 
  • It is one the Five Nobel Prizes established by the will of Alfred Nobel in 1895. 
  • It is awarded annually, since 1901, to an author from any country in the field of literature, producing the most outstanding work in an idealistic direction. 

Rabindranath Tagore was the first Indian, receiving the nation’s first Nobel Prize (in Literature) in 1913 for his collection ‘Gitanjali’ published in London in 1912. He was also the first non-westerner, to receive this prize. 

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Source: The Hindu

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