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The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2023 is awarded to the Norwegian author Jon Fosse, “for his innovative plays and prose which give voice to the unsayable.” The Norwegian writer Sigrid Unset won the litterature price in 1928.

His immense oeuvre written in Norwegian Nynorsk and spanning a variety of genres consists of a wealth of plays, novels, poetry collections, essays, children’s books and translations. While he is today one of the most widely performed playwrights in the world, he has also become increasingly recognised for his prose.

Fosse is the most performed Norwegian playwright after Henrik Ibsen. He has often been referred to as the «new Henrik Ibsen,»and his works as a modern continuation of the tradition established by Henrik Ibsen in the 19th century,

Fosse was made a chevalier of the Ordre national du Mérite of France in 2003.[6] 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.[8] 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 the trilogy Andvake (Wakefulness), Olavs draumar (Olav’s Dreams) and Kveldsvævd (Weariness).

Numerous of Fosse’s works have been translated into Persian by Mohammad Hamed, and his works have been performed in Iran/Tehran main halls.

In April 2022, his novel A New Name: Septology VI-VII, translated into English by Damion Searls, was shortlisted for the International Booker Prize.The book was named a finalist for the 2023 National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction.

In October 2023, Fosse was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.[15]

Between working on his novels, Fosse works as a translator on other authors’ works, writes Wikipedia.

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