Trilogy

by Jon Fosse

Published 2014 147 pages
A dark sky over a rocky cliff descending into the grey waters of a fjord
Photo by Simon N on Unsplash

A trio of novellas following a man and woman called Asle and Alida as they try to find a corner of the world to live in. The book is rich in allusions but doesn't club you over the head with it; though I've never been to Norway, the writing feels typically Scandinavian to me: spare, naturalistic, levelheaded, a little bit poetic.

Fosse's formal approach leans heavily on long run-on sentences and minimal dialogue, giving a sort of rambling vocal style to the text. It didn't resonate with me at first but I got into it after a little while. I'm not sure how much I'd enjoy reading more than a couple hundred pages of it, however: page after page of run-on sentence obliterated any sense of pacing for me. Not a problem here, but if I were sitting down to, say, seven full-length novels of this I might give up.

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