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March 13th, 6:30pm-8pm   

Join other readers in this monthly online book discussion. Please register with Barbara Shatara at bshatara@burlingtonvt.gov for meeting info and how to obtain the book.  

About This Month's Book: 

The Other Name: Septology I by Jon Fosse

WINNER OF THE 2023 NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE

The Other Name follows the lives of two men living close to each other on the west coast of Norway. The year is coming to a close and Asle, an aging painter and widower, is reminiscing about his life. He lives alone, his only friends being his neighbor, Åsleik, a bachelor and traditional Norwegian fisherman-farmer, and Beyer, a gallerist who lives in Bjørgvin, a couple hours’ drive south of Dylgja, where he lives. There, in Bjørgvin, lives another Asle, also a painter. He and the narrator are doppelgangers—two versions of the same person, two versions of the same life.

Written in hypnotic prose that shifts between the first and third person, The Other Name calls into question concrete notions around subjectivity and the self. What makes us who we are? And why do we lead one life and not another? Through flashbacks, Fosse deftly explores the convergences and divergences in the lives of both Asles, slowly building towards a decisive encounter between them both. A writer at the zenith of his career, with The Other Name, the first two volumes in his Septology, Fosse presents us with an indelible and poignant exploration of the human condition that will endure as his masterpiece.

 

Date: 
March 13, 2024 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

The Library will be closed on Wednesday, June 19 for Juneteenth.