Nobel Prize in Literature 2023: Norwegian Author Jon Fosse Declared the Winner

Kathmandu, October 5

Norwegian author Jon Fosse has been declared the winner of Nobel Prize in literature 2023 on Thursday. Swedish Academy decided to award author Foss with the prestigious award for “his innovative plays and prose which gave voice to the unsayable”. His works include the Septology series of novels, Aliss at the Fire, Melancholy and A Shining.

The committee which praised Fosse’s literary style said, “Fosse presents everyday situations that are instantly recognizable in our lives. His radical reduction of language and dramatic action expresses the most powerful human emotions of anxiety and powerlessness in the simplest terms,”

“Fosse combines strong local ties, both linguistic and geographic, with modernist artistic techniques,” the committee added.

More about the Nobel laureate:

Born on 29 September, 1959 in Haugesund, Norway, John Olva Foss debuted with the novel Raudt, svart ( Red, Black),  published in 1983. Fosse also has been ranked 83 on the list of the Top 100 living geniuses by The Daily Telegraph. In 2015, Fosse was awarded with Nordic Council’s Literature Prize for his trilogy Andvake (Wakefulness), Olavas draumar (Olav’s Dreams) and Keldsvaaevd( Weariness) . His novel A New Name: Septology VI-VII, translated into English by Damion Searls, was shortlisted for the International Booker Prize in 2022 which got declared a finalist for 2023 National Book Critics Award in the following year. With the Novel Prize in Literature 2023, Fosse becomes the fourth Norwegian to receive Novel prize.

Fosse has written around 40 plays, as well as dozens of novels, short stories, poetry, children’s books and essays and his works have been translated into more than forty languages.

So far, a total of 115 people have been awarded the Nobel Prize in literature since its establishment in 1901. Named after Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel, Nobel Prize in literature is awarded annually to an author from any country whose work is considered to be the most outstanding one in an idealistic direction. The winner of Nobel Prize will earn a gold medal, a diploma bearing a citation, and a sum of money. The Nobel Prize amount for 2023 is set at Swedish Kronor (SEK) 11.0 million per full Nobel Prize.  Along with literature, Nobel Prize is simultaneously conferred upon the individuals making remarkable contribution in the areas of Physics, Physiology or Medicine, Economics and Peace.