By Jon Fosse

ISBN-10: 1564789950

ISBN-13: 9781564789952

A visionary masterpiece from 'the new Ibsen.' In her outdated condominium via the fjord, Signe lies on a bench and sees a imaginative and prescient of herself as she used to be greater than two decades previous: status by way of the window watching for her husband Asle, on that bad past due November day while he took his rowboat out onto the water and not back. Her stories widen out to incorporate their entire existence jointly, and past: the bonds of 1 family members and their battles with implacable nature stretching again over 5 generations, to Asle's great-great- grandmother Aliss. In Jon Fosse's shiny, hallucinatory prose, a lot of these moments in time inhabit an analogous area, and the ghosts of the earlier collide with those that nonetheless live to tell the tale. Aliss on the fireplace is a haunting exploration of affection, rating one of the maximum meditations on marriage and loss.

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Pierre Michon is an writer of excessive acclaim in France and Europe. He was once winner of the Prix France tradition in 1984 for his first e-book, Small Lives, and of the 1996 Prix de los angeles Ville de Paris for his physique of labor. He lives in France. Wyatt Mason, a contributing author for the hot York instances journal and a contributing editor at Harper's, has translated writing via Pierre Michon, Eric Chevillard, Michel de Montaigne, and Arthur Rimbaud. He teaches at Bard collage.

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