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.
Jon Fosse is one of Norway’s most celebrated authors and playwrights. He 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, 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. A New Name—the third and final volume of Septology—was a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the International Booker Prize. In 2023, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature “for his innovative plays and prose which give voice to the unsayable.”
Born and raised in Norway, May-Brit Akerholt now lives in Australia, where she is a recipient of a Fellowship from the Theatre Board of Australia Council. She has lectured on theatre at NIDA, worked as a Dramaturg and Literary Manager at Sydney Theatre Company, and has translated numerous plays. She is also the author of Patrick White.
"There is something quietly dramatic about Fosse's meandering and rhythmic prose . . . which has a strangely mesmerising effect."
"The Beckett of the 21st Century."
"Fosse’s pared down, circuitous, and rhythmic prose skillfully guides readers through past and present."
"He is undoubtedly one of the world’s most important and versatile literary voices."
“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)