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The Other Name: Septology I-II by Jon Fosse, Damion Searls

The Other Name: Septology I-II

Jon Fosse, Damion Searls

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Imprint: Fitzcarraldo Editions
Publisher: Fitzcarraldo Editions
Publication date: 10 Oct 2019
ISBN: 9781910695913

THE OTHER NAME: SEPTOLOGY I-II, a major new work by Jon Fosse, one of Europe's most celebrated writers, follows the lives of Asle and Asle - two versions of the same person, two versions of the same life, both grappling with existential questions about life, death, love, light and shadow, faith and hopelessness.

4 stars out of 5
Catherine Taylor
9 Nov 2019

"The beginning of a septet, this darkly ecstatic Norwegian story of art and God is relentlessly consuming"

In 2018 Fitzcarraldo published his short-story collection Scenes from a Childhood. This proved to be a taster for a more ambitious project: the Septology series, of which The Other Name is the first instalment, is billed as a three-volume septet, featuring not a single full stop throughout. Such is his command of the rhythm of his prose, nimbly and hauntingly translated by Damion Searls, that the omission is barely noticeable, and after a while, engagingly welcome. The work simply loops and flows. The style is formal, yet with a sense of restlessness. As for plot, there is plenty.