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Jon Olav Fosse (born 29 September 1959) is a Norwegian author and dramatist.

Jon Fosse
Born (1959-09-29) 29 September 1959 (age 59)
Haugesund, Rogaland, Norway
OccupationPlaywright, writer
Alma materUniversity of Bergen



Fosse was born in Haugesund, Norway. He debuted in 1983 with the novel Raudt, svart (Red, black). His first play, Og aldri skal vi skiljast, was performed and published in 1994. Jon Fosse has written novels, short stories, poetry, children's books, essays and plays. His works have been translated into more than forty languages.

Fosse was made a chevalier of the Ordre national du Mérite of France in 2003.[1] Fosse also has been ranked number 83 on the list of the Top 100 living geniuses by The Daily Telegraph.[2]

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. 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.[3]

Fosse was awarded the 2015 Nordic Council's Literature Prize for Andvake, Olavs draumar and Kveldsvævd.[4]

Numerous of Fosse's works have been translated to Persian language by Mohammad Hamed also his works have been performed in Iran/Tehran main halls.[5][6]

Personal lifeEdit

Thrice married, he lives part of the time with his Slovak wife in Hainburg an der Donau. He also has a home in Bergen. Originally a member of the Church of Norway, he joined the Catholic Church in 2013.[3]

Honours and awardsEdit



  1. ^ a b Fransk heder til Fosse,
  2. ^ "Top 100 living geniuses". 30 October 2007. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  3. ^ a b Kjell Kvamme (16 November 2013) Jon Fosse katolikk: Som å kome heim Archived 19 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine Vårt Land. Retrieved 16 November 2013 (in Norwegian)
  4. ^ NRK. "Fosse vant Nordisk råds litteraturpris". NRK. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Iranian actor Kianian to perform in Fosse play". Mehr News Agency. 4 November 2006. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  6. ^ (1 January 2011). "IBNA - 2nd stage shortlisted works of Dramatic Arts". Iran's Book News Agency (IBNA). Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  7. ^ a b Nynorsk litteraturpris
  8. ^ Store norske leksikon (2005–2007). "Doblougprisen". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  9. ^ "Jon Fosse prisas av Svenska Akademien". (in Swedish). 13 March 2007. Retrieved 27 October 2012.
  10. ^ "Fosse får Akademiens nordiska pris". (in Swedish). 13 March 2007. Retrieved 27 October 2012.
  11. ^ 2007 Archive
  12. ^ "Jon Fosse". Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  13. ^ "Laureate 2014 (Press Release)" (PDF). City of Strasbourg. 19 November 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  14. ^ "Prize ceremony 2015". Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  15. ^ a b Fosse, Jon (2005). Plays Four. Modern playwrights. London: Oberon. ISBN 1-84002-479-8.

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Preceded by
Edith Roger
Recipient of the Norsk kulturråds ærespris
Succeeded by
Jan Garbarek