Author: Fosse, Jon, Searls, Damion
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Published on 8 September 2021 by Fitzcarraldo Editions in the United Kingdom.
Paperback | 232 pages
195 x 128 x 20 | 300g
Asle is an ageing painter and widower who lives alone on the southwest coast of Norway. In nearby BjÃ¸rgvin another Asle, also a painter, is lying in the hospital, consumed by alcoholism. Asle and Asle are doppelgÃ¤ngers â€“ two versions of the same person, two versions of the same life, both grappling with existential questions.
In this final instalment of Jon Fosseâ€™s Septology, the major prose work by â€˜the Beckett of the twenty-first centuryâ€™ (Le Monde), 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 â€“ incantatory, hypnotic, and utterly unique.