Septology (Special)

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Transit Books
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5.8 X 8.6 X 1.7 inches | 2.0 pounds

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About the Author

Jon Fosse was born in 1959 on the west coast of Norway and is the recipient of countless prestigious prizes, both in his native Norway and abroad. Since his 1983 fiction debut, Raudt, svart [Red, Black], Fosse has written prose, poetry, essays, short stories, children's books, and over forty plays, with more than a thousand productions performed and translations into fifty languages. Septology, his latest prose work, was initially published in three volumes by Transit Books, and is collected here in English for the first time.

Damion Searls is a prize-winning translator of fifty books from German, French, Norwegian, and Dutch. Liveright published his translation of Rainer Maria Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet in 2020.


"Septology is the only novel I have read that has made me believe in the reality of the divine, as the fourteenth-century theologian Meister Eckhart, whom Fosse has read intently, describes it: 'It is in darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest of all to us.' None of the comparisons to other writers seem right. Bernhard? Too aggressive. Beckett? Too controlling. Ibsen? 'He is the most destructive writer I know, ' Fosse claims. 'I feel that there's a kind of--I don't know if it's a good English word--but a kind of reconciliation in my writing. Or, to use the Catholic or Christian word, peace.'"--Merve Emre, The New Yorker"An extraordinary seven-novel sequence about an old man's recursive reckoning with the braided realities of God, art, identity, family life and human life itself... The books feel like the culminating project of an already major career."--Randy Boyagoda, The New York Times"With Septology, Fosse has found a new approach to writing fiction, different from what he has written before and--it is strange to say, as the novel enters its fifth century--different from what has been written before. Septology feels new."--Wyatt Mason, Harper's"I hesitate to compare the experience of reading these works to the act of meditation. But that is the closest I can come to describing how something in the critical self is shed in the process of reading Fosse, only to be replaced by something more primal. A mood. An atmosphere. The sound of words moving on a page." --Ruth Margalit, The New York Review of Books"In The Other Name's rhythmic accumulation of words, [there is] something incantatory and self-annihilating--something that feels almost holy."--Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal"The Other Name trembles with the beauty, doubt, and gnostic weariness of great religious fiction. In Fosse's hands, God is a difficult, pungent, overwhelmingly aesthetic force, 'the invisible inside the visible.'"--Dustin Illingworth, The Nation"Fosse's portrait of intersecting lives is that rare metaphysical novel that readers will find compulsively readable."--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review"Fosse's fusing of the commonplace and the existential, together with his dramatic forays into the past, make for a relentlessly consuming work: already Septology feels momentous."--The Guardian"Its striking characters and whiplash prose make for compulsive reading, engrossing from the start, unforgettable at the end."--World Literature Today"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"Jon Fosse is a major European writer."--Karl Ove Knausgaard, author of My Struggle