Grupo Editorial, CdL Publishing Nobel Literature Laureate Jon Fosse in Spain, Brazil, Portugal


Jon Fosse, 2019, photo © Tom Kolstad/Samlaget

Our international sister publishing divisions Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial and Companhia das Letras will publish five works of fiction by the 2023 Nobel Prize in Literature recipient, Norwegian author Jon Fosse, in Spain, Portugal, and Brazil.

In Spain, Grupo’s L. Random House imprint will publish “ Melancholia I,” “Melancholia II,“  “Kvitleik” (“A Shining”), “Det er Ales” (“Aliss at the fire”), and a book of stories, “Prosa fra ein oppvekst” (“Scenes from a Childhood”).

Grupo also publishes Fosse in Portugal, its Cavalo De Ferro imprint will publish “O Europe e um Outro” November 6.

At CdL, “Aliss at the fire” is now in print, with the three novels to be released in Brazil next year.

The Academy, in  their official statement, declares Fosse is awarded the Nobel Prize “for his innovative plays and prose which give voice to the unsayable. His immersive 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 recognized for his prose.”

From the publisher in Spain: Albert Puigdueta, who acquired 3 backlist titles of Jon Fosse and his new novel says: “His work places literature in the center of an ongoing exploration of the possibilities of language as a means of expression. In his novels and stories one finds melancholy and brightness, there are landscapes and atmospheres of great intensity and characters in the search of meaning, of some kind of transcendence against the intractable mystery of existence.”

Bookstore in Portugal.

From our Cdl colleagues, Octavio Marques da Costa, publishing director, and Camila Berto, executive editor, and Fosse’s editor:  “We are thrilled that Jon Fosse won the Nobel Prize in Literarure in 2023. One of the major contemporary literary voices, Fosse has a developed a hypnotic and meditative style that is comparable to luminaires such as Beckett and Ibsen. We are immensely proud to be the publishers of DET ER ALES (2023) and TRILOGIEN (2024), works that profoundly discuss themes that range from love, despair, faith and the human existence itself, and are eager to see more readers discovering this brilliant author in light of the prize news.”

Fosse joins the more than 80 Nobel Prize winners published by Penguin Random House current and predecessor imprints worldwide. The primarily include Literature laureates—among them, Toni Morrison, Olga Tokarczuk, Albert Camus, Sinclair Lewis—in addition to the Peace—Barack Obama, Desmond Tutu—Economics, and Science categories, most immediately the co-winner of this year’s Medicine or Physiology Prize, Crown author Katalin Karikó.

Posted: October 5, 2023