One of Jon Fosse’s most acclaimed novels, Boathouse is told from the perspective of an unnamed narrator leading a largely hermit-like existence until he unexpectedly encounters a long-lost childhood friend and his wife. Told partially in a stream-of-consciousness style and with an atmosphere reminiscent of a gripping crime novel, Boathouse slowly unravels the story of a love triangle leading to jealousy, betrayal, and eventually death.
"There is something quietly dramatic about Fosse's meandering and rhythmic prose . . . which has a strangely mesmerising effect." ~The Independent
"The Beckett of the 21st Century." ~Le Monde
"Fosse’s pared down, circuitous, and rhythmic prose skillfully guides readers through past and present." ~Publisher's Weekly
"He is undoubtedly one of the world’s most important and versatile literary voices." ~Irish Examiner
“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. For one thing, it has a fierce poetic simplicity.” ~New York Times
"Norway's biggest cultural export" ~Norwegian National Television (NRK)