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Norway playwright Jon Fosse wins Nobel in literature

His major works include 'Boathouse' (1989), which was well-received by critics, and 'Melancholy' I and II (1995-1996)

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Norway’s Jon Fosse, whose plays are among the most widely staged of any contemporary playwright in the world, won the Nobel prize in literature on Thursday.

Sometimes compared to Samuel Beckett – another Nobel-winning playwright – his work is minimalistic, relying on simple language that delivers its message through rhythm, melody and silence.

The Swedish Academy said the 64-year-old was honored “for his innovative plays and prose which give voice to the unsayable.”

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Fosse’s writing is defined more by form than content, where what is not said is often more revealing than what is.

“I am overwhelmed and grateful. I see this as an award to the literature that first and foremost aims to be literature, without other considerations,” Fosse said in a statement.

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