Fosse was handed the Northern Lights statuette and DKK 350,000 prize by last year’s winner, Kjell Westö.
The Adjudication Committee wrote:
“This year’s prize winner is a rare example of innovative style hand in hand with content that has the ability to touch readers across time and place. Conveyed in a highly poetic form of prose and with a wilfully playful attitude to the narrative, this love story spans all times and no time. Like few others, the author manages to chisel out a highly personal literary form. Weaving biblical allusions, Christian mysticism and poetic imagery into the tension of the plot in a way that opens up the story of two people in love to a wider world and to history.”
Read more about Jon Fosse on the Nordic Council Literature Prize website
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