A new name Septology VI-VII

Jon Fosse, 1959-

Book - 2021

Asle is an aging painter and widower who lives alone on the west coast of Norway. His only friends are his neighbor, Asleik, a traditional fisherman-farmer, and Beyer, a gallerist who lives in the city. There, in Bjørgvin, lives another Asle, also a painter but lonely and consumed by alcohol. Asle and Asle are doppelgängers-two versions of the same person, two versions of the same life. In this final installment of Jon Fosse's Septology, "a major work of Scandinavian fiction" (Hari Kunzru), we follow the lives of the two Asles as younger adults in flashbacks: the narrator meets his lifelong love, Ales; joins the Catholic Church; and makes a living by trying to paint away all the pictures stuck in his mind. A New Name: Septo...logy VI-VII is a transcendent exploration of the human condition, and a radically other reading experience-incantatory, hypnotic, and utterly unique.

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Subjects
Genres
Psychological fiction
Published
Oakland, California : Transit Books [2021]
Language
English
Main Author
Jon Fosse, 1959- (author)
Other Authors
Damion Searls (translator)
Physical Description
197 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN
9781945492570
9781913097721
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

In the beautiful and unsettling final volume of Fosse's Septology (after I Is Another), the author increasingly complicates the reader's understanding of a painter named Asle. As in previous volumes, the perspective switches between Asle's first-person narration and a close third, with the arc here consisting of Asle's reminiscences about love and church as he wraps up some business with his gallery so he can join his friend Åsleik and Åsleik's sister Guro for Christmas. With the two viewpoints, Fosse continues to toy with the suggestion that these are two separate men named Asle who have led almost identical lives, with minor differences. Guro is also twinned--one version has her living in town, another in the country, but in both, the character's looks and disposition are similar. This haunting tale holds an intriguing puzzle at its heart: can existence only be understood as a kind of paradox? Fosse infuses the mystery with Asle's frequent paraphrasing of the German Catholic theologian Meister Eckhart ("God becomes God in the soul and the soul becomes the soul in God"), bringing insight to questions of love, art, and faith. This offers a stirring exploration of life and identity. Agent: Gina Winje, Gina Winje Agency. (Mar.)

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