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Nobel Prize in Literature 2023: Jon Fosse, Norwegian writer of short stories and plays, is awarded

He Norwegian writer Jon Fosse He was recognized this Thursday with the Nobel Prize in Literature for plays and prose that “give voice to the indescribable,” according to the Swedish Academy.

His work is rooted “in the language and nature of his Norwegian origin,” said Anders Olsson, president of the award committee.

“I was surprised that they called me, but at the same time I wasn’t. “The last 10 years I have cautiously prepared for the possibility of this happening,” he said. Fosse, 64 years old, to the Norwegian public television station NRK. “Receiving the call was a great joy.”

He is one of the most represented playwrights in his country and has written around 40 works, as well as novels, stories, children’s books, poetry and essays.

In its ruling, the Academy said it recognized his work “for his innovative works of theater and prose that give voice to the indescribable.”

Mats Malm, permanent secretary of the Academy, who was in charge of announcing the award, telephoned Fosse to inform him of his victory. According to what he said, the writer was driving through a rural area and promised to return home carefully.


Fosse is the fourth Norwegian to win the Nobel Prize, after Bjornstjerne Bjornson (1903), Knut Hamsun (1920) and Sigrid Undset (1928).

“A New Name: Septology VI-VII” — described by Olsen as her “masterpiece” — was shortlisted for the International Booker Prize in 2022.

In a statement distributed by his publisher, Samlaget, Fosse said he considered the Nobel “as an award for literature that, above all, aims to be literature, without other considerations.”

The Nobel Prize includes a financial prize of 11 million Swedish crowns (one million dollars) from the legacy of its creator, the Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel. In addition, at the award ceremonies in December the winners receive an 18-karat gold medal and a diploma.

Last year, the Academy recognized French writer Annie Ernaux for the “bravery and clinical acuity” of her books, based on her origins in a small town in Normandy, a region in northwest France. She was the seventeenth woman among the 119 awardees.

The Nobel Prize in Literature has been criticized for focusing too much on European and North American authors, and mostly on men.

In 2018 there was no winner after accusations of sexual abuse that shook the Swedish Academy, which appoints the Nobel literature committee, which caused the exodus of its members. The academy was renewed but was criticized again for awarding the 2019 award to Austrian Peter Handke, who has been described as an apologist for Serbian war crimes.

In this edition, scientists Moungi Bawendi, from MIT; Louis Brus, of Columbia University, and Alexei Ekimov, of Nanocrystals Technology Inc., won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry the day before for their work with quantum dots, tiny particles that “have unique properties and now shed their light from screens.” television and LED light bulbs.”

The Nobel Prize in Physics went Tuesday to French-Swedish physicist Anne L’Huillier, French scientist Pierre Agostine and Hungarian-born Ferenc Krausz for achieving the first glimpse in tiny fractions of a second of the ultra-fast world of electrons.

The Hungarian-American Katalin Karikó and the American Drew Weissman won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for discoveries that allowed the development of messenger RNA vaccines against COVID-19.

The peace and economy awards have yet to be announced, in a process that concludes on October 9.

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