Aliss at the Fire

Aliss at the Fire

By Jon Fosse; Damion Searls (Translator)

Dalkey Archive Press, Paperback, 9781564785732, 107pp.

Publication Date: September 16, 2010


In her old house by the fjord, Signe lies on a bench and sees a vision of herself as she was more than twenty years earlier: standing by the window waiting for her husband Asle, on that terrible late November day when he took his rowboat out onto the water and never returned. Her memories widen out to include their whole life together, and beyond: the bonds of family and the battles with implacable nature stretching back over five generations, to Asle's great-great-grandmother Aliss. In Jon Fosse's vivid, hallucinatory prose, all these moments in time inhabit the same space, and the ghosts of the past collide with those who still live on. "Aliss at the Fire" is a visionary masterpiece, a haunting exploration of love and loss that ranks among the greatest meditations on marriage and human fate.

About the Author
Jon Fossewas born in 1959 on the west coast ofNorway and has written over thirty books and twenty-eight plays thathave been translatedinto over 40 languages. His first novel, "Red, Black", was published in 1983, and was followed by such works as "Melancholia I & II", "Aliss at the Fire", and "Morning and Evening", which are available in translation from Dalkey Archive Press.He is one of the world s most produced living playwrights. In 2007, Fosse became a chevalier of the"Ordre national du Merite"of France, and he was awarded the International Ibsen Award in 2010. In 2011, he moved into Grotten, an honorary residence for artistson thegrounds of the RoyalPalace in Oslo, and he was awarded the European Prize for Literature in 2014. He currently has homes in Bergen, Oslo, and inHainburg, Austria.

Damion Searls is a writer in English and translator from German, French, Dutch, and Norwegian. Searls has translated writers including Ingeborg Bachmann, Thomas Bernhard, Peter Handke, Christa Wolf; his translation of Hans Keilson's "Comedy in a Minor Key"was a New York Times Notable Book of 2010 and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist in Fiction.