Panel: Jon Fosse's SEPTOLOGY

March 9, 2022, 4:00 PM

Community Bookstore, Brazos Bookstore, and Third Place Books invite you to an evening celebrating the release of A NEW NAME: SEPTOLOGY VI-VII by Jon Fosse, one of Norway’s most celebrated authors and playwrights.

This event, co-sponsored by the Norwegian Consulate General in New York will take place on Zoom Webinar. Click here to register.

This panel will feature Wyatt Mason, Sam Sacks, and Ruth Margalit and will be moderated by Mark Haber.

Asle is an aging painter and widower who lives alone on the west coast of Norway. His only friends are his neighbor, Åsleik, a traditional fisherman-farmer, and Beyer, a gallerist who lives in the city. There, in Bjørgvin, lives another Asle, also a painter but lonely and consumed by alcohol. Asle and Asle are doppelgängers—two versions of the same person, two versions of the same life.

In this final installment of Jon Fosse’s Septology, “a major work of Scandinavian fiction” (Hari Kunzru), we follow the lives of the two Asles as younger adults in flashbacks: the narrator meets his lifelong love, Ales; joins the Catholic Church; and makes a living by trying to paint away all the pictures stuck in his mind. A New Name: Septology VI-VII is a transcendent exploration of the human condition, and a radically other reading experience—incantatory, hypnotic, and utterly unique.

Wyatt Mason has translated five books by Pierre Michon, including The Origin of the World and Masters and Servants, a finalist for the French-American Foundation Translation Prize. He is at work on translations of Dante’s La Vita Nuova and Rimbaud’s letters, both for the Modern Library. His writing has appeared in Harper’sThe Nation, and other publications.

Sam Sacks is the Fiction Critic at the Wall Street Journal.

Ruth Margalit‘s reporting and criticism has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and The New York Times Magazine. She lives in Tel Aviv, Israel. 

Mark Haber is the author of the 2008 story collection Deathbed Conversions and the novel Reinhardt’s Garden, longlisted for the 2020 PEN/Hemingway Award. He is the operations manager at Brazos Bookstore in Houston, Texas. His nonfiction has appeared in the RumpusMusic & Literature, and LitHub. His fiction has appeared in Southwest Review and Air/Light.