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Jon Fosse

Jon Fosse

Norwegian writer
Jon Fosse
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro Norwegian writer
Is Writer Playwright Poet Children's writer
From Norway
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio Literature
Gender male
Birth 29 September 1959, Haugesund
Age: 60 years
Star sign LibraLibra
The details


Jon Olav Fosse (born 29 September 1959) is a Norwegian author and dramatist.


Fosse was born in Haugesund, Norway. He debuted in 1983 with the novel Raudt, svart (Red, black). His first play, Og aldri skal vi skiljast, was performed and published in 1994. Jon Fosse has written novels, short stories, poetry, children's books, essays and plays. His works have been translated into more than forty languages.

Fosse was made a chevalier of the Ordre national du Mérite of France in 2007. Fosse also has been ranked number 83 on the list of the Top 100 living geniuses by The Daily Telegraph.

Since 2011, Fosse has been granted the Grotten, an honorary residence owned by the Norwegian state and located on the premises of the Royal Palace in the city centre of Oslo. Use of the Grotten as a permanent residence is an honour specially bestowed by the King of Norway for contributions to Norwegian arts and culture.

Fosse was among the literary consultants to Bibel 2011, a Norwegian translation of the Bible published in 2011.

Fosse was awarded the 2015 Nordic Council's Literature Prize for Andvake, Olavs draumar and Kveldsvævd.

Personal life

Thrice married, he lives part of the time with his Slovak wife in Hainburg an der Donau. He also has a home in Bergen.

Originally a member of the Church of Norway, he joined the Catholic Church in 2013.

Honours and awards

  • 1998 Nynorsk Literature Prize
  • 1997 Aschehoug Prize
  • 1999 Dobloug Prize
  • 2003 Norsk kulturråds ærespris
  • 2003 Nynorsk Literature Prize
  • 2003 Chevalier of the Ordre national du Mérite of France (2003)
  • 2005 Brage Prize
  • 2005 Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav
  • 2007 The Swedish Academy Nordic Prize
  • 2007 The Federal Ministry of Family Affairs' Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis
  • 2010 The Ibsen Award
  • 2014 European Prize for Literature
  • 2015 Nordic Council's Literature Prize

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