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In her old house by the fjord, Signe lies on a bench and sees a vision of herself as she was more than twenty years earlier: standing by the window waiting for her husband Asle, on that terrible late November day when he took his rowboat out onto the water and never returned. Her memories widen out to include their whole life together, and beyond: the bonds of one family and their battles with implacable nature stretching back over five generations, to Asle’s great-great- grandmother Aliss. In Jon Fosse’s vivid, hallucinatory prose, all these moments in time inhabit the same space, and the ghosts of the past collide with those who still live on. Aliss at the Fire is a haunting exploration of love, ranking among the greatest meditations on marriage and loss.

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"A drowning is solemnly relived over the generations in Fosse's circuitous, claustrophobic tale. The text begins in 2002, rewinds to late November 1979, then farther back to the initial occurrence on November 17, 1897: a woman stands at a window watching as a storm kicks up, waiting for her husband to return from taking a rowboat out on the fjord. The participants change fluidly and the passage of time is flattened, from the present couple, Signe and Asle, to a mother and child standing at a bonfire on the bay, recognized by Signe and Asle as Asle's great-great-grandmother, Aliss, and her small son, Kristoffer. In a kind of premonition of the later, central tragedy, Kristoffer falls into the water and is rescued by Aliss, though in the next generation, Kristoffer's son, Asle--namesake of Signe's husband--will have a different experience on the water on his seventh birthday. The immense burden of family history weighs heavily on each generation as ghosts, memories, and tragedies collide to effects both confounding and enlightening. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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A visionary masterpiece from “the new Ibsen.”

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What he writes is so simple and so deep at the same time. He has a restlessness, a tension in his narrative style, and he writes about situations everyonefeels involved in, no matter where in the world they are.Fosse . . . has been compared to Ibsen and to Beckett, and it is easyto see his work as Ibsen stripped down to its emotional essentials. But it is muchmore. For one thing, it has a fierce poetic simplicity.

About the Author

Called “the new Ibsen” in the German press, and heralded throughout Western Europe, Jon Fosse is one of contemporary Norwegian literature’s most important writers. In 2000, his novel Melancholy won the Melsom Prize, and Fosse was awarded a lifetime stipend from the Norwegian government for his future literary efforts.Damion Searls writes in English and has translated many of Europe's greatest writers: Rilke, Proust, Ingeborg Bachmann, Peter Handke, Nescio, Jon Fosse, Robert Walser, Kurt Schwitters, and others. He has received a Fulbright Fellowship, an NEA, and a PEN Translation Fund award; his most recent books are an abridged edition of Thoreau's Journal and a new selection and translation of Rilke's poetry and prose, called The Inner Sky: Poems, Notes, Dreams. His travelogue Everything You Say Is True appeared in 2004.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781564785732
Author:
Fosse, Jon
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Translator:
Searls, Damion
Author:
Searls, Damion
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Series:
Norwegian Literature Series
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
100
Dimensions:
7 x 5 x 1 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A drowning is solemnly relived over the generations in Fosse's circuitous, claustrophobic tale. The text begins in 2002, rewinds to late November 1979, then farther back to the initial occurrence on November 17, 1897: a woman stands at a window watching as a storm kicks up, waiting for her husband to return from taking a rowboat out on the fjord. The participants change fluidly and the passage of time is flattened, from the present couple, Signe and Asle, to a mother and child standing at a bonfire on the bay, recognized by Signe and Asle as Asle's great-great-grandmother, Aliss, and her small son, Kristoffer. In a kind of premonition of the later, central tragedy, Kristoffer falls into the water and is rescued by Aliss, though in the next generation, Kristoffer's son, Asle--namesake of Signe's husband--will have a different experience on the water on his seventh birthday. The immense burden of family history weighs heavily on each generation as ghosts, memories, and tragedies collide to effects both confounding and enlightening. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , A visionary masterpiece from “the new Ibsen.”
"Synopsis" by , What he writes is so simple and so deep at the same time. He has a restlessness, a tension in his narrative style, and he writes about situations everyonefeels involved in, no matter where in the world they are.Fosse . . . has been compared to Ibsen and to Beckett, and it is easyto see his work as Ibsen stripped down to its emotional essentials. But it is muchmore. For one thing, it has a fierce poetic simplicity.
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