Aliss at the Fire

Aliss at the Fire In her old house by the fjord Signe lies on a bench and sees a vision of herself as she was than twenty years earlier standing by the window waiting for her husband Asle on that terrible late Novemb

  • Title: Aliss at the Fire
  • Author: Jon Fosse Damion Searls
  • ISBN: 9781564785732
  • Page: 411
  • Format: Paperback
  • In her old house by the fjord, Signe lies on a bench and sees a vision of herself as she was 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 one family aIn her old house by the fjord, Signe lies on a bench and sees a vision of herself as she was 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 one family and their 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 haunting exploration of love, ranking among the greatest meditations on marriage and loss.

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    1. Jon Olav Fosse was born in Haugesund, Norway and currently lives in Bergen He debuted in 1983 with the novel Raudt, svart Red, black His first play, Og aldri skal vi skiljast, was performed and published in 1994 Jon Fosse has written novels, short stories, poetry, children s books, essays and plays His works have been translated into than forty languages He is widely considered as one of the world s greatest contemporary playwrights Fosse was made a chevalier of the Ordre national du M rite of France in 2007 1 Fosse also has been ranked number 83 on the list of the Top 100 living geniuses by The Daily Telegraph 2 Since 2011, Fosse has been granted the Grotten, an honorary residence owned by the Norwegian state and located on the premises of the Royal Palace in the city centre of Oslo The Grotten is given as a permanent residence to a person specifically bestowed this honour by the King of Norway for their contributions to Norwegian arts and culture.

    2. ‘what ties two people together?’I’m always on the lookout for a novella that can pack an enormous emotional and intellectual sting into a tiny package of few pages. Jon Fosse’s Aliss at the Fire is certainly a rewarding book of this sort, and the reader is left in awe at the enormous landscape of thought and emotive power that stands before them as Fosse reaches his surreal, efficacious conclusion. While the ‘reality’ of the book consists only of Signe, an elderly widow, lying on a b [...]

    3. Ele vai dar uma volta no Fiorde, pensa ela. Ela está à janela à espera dele, pensa ele. Mas está muito frio, pensa ele e é melhor ir para casa, pensa ele. É perigoso ir para o Fiorde com tanto frio, pensam ele e ela. E o Fiorde e o frio e a janela e um menino a brincar com cabeças de ovelha, é muito aborrecido, penso eu. Será melhor desistir, penso eu.“Pequeno no tamanho, mas grande em intensidade, este livro é para todos aqueles que não se iludem com a espuma inconsequente que hoje [...]

    4. it's an old house, yes, it's an old house.darkness, bleak, black, have you seen the fire?the purples, the reds, the yellows out in the fjord?who is this in my mind? is it me? is it Alse?let me live vicariously through you, let me be within your being,let me think, let me see, let me roam, let me live, let me dievember, it snows, the pale white snow. peering out of the window I see him. I see them's been 20 years. why do I still see him? why hasn't he come back?Signe, get up, you are alive. old A [...]

    5. A listless woman recalls her long-disappeared husband and generations of people who once resided in the old house she shared with him, and continues living in. It's fascinating, because all these ghostly afterimages occupy the same physical space, and the narrative, which is inside the woman's mind, deftly jumps from one scene, from one time period, to another. That it's practically a single, long sentence, with loads of repetition and very little punctuation, makes it dreamlike. I kept thinking [...]

    6. Fosse has a great gift for depicting hallucinatory madness. Unlike his earlier novel, "Melancholy," about a schizophrenic painter, "Aliss at the Fire" has a more Gothic feel (reminiscent of Faulkner) in the ways in which the past shapes--and traps--the present. In this novel, Signe, widow to Asle for over 20 years, remembers the day in which Asle never returned home--and family history, going back five generations, that influenced his disappearance.

    7. There's liking a book, and then there's appreciating a book. I appreciate the effort that the author put into this, but in the end I felt like I had been trapped in a "conversation" with a wild-eyed grocery store clerk who tells you her life story while slowly scanning your items. Not that that has happened to me.

    8. En bok som sier alt uten å si noen ting.Surrealistisk, absurd, forvirrende - men helt perfekt.Har kun 77 sider, men krever konstant konsentrasjon.En fantastisk måte å skrive på - en bok som ikke passer for alle, men som virkelig traff meg.

    9. At the end of the little road, which leads to the big road which winds its way around the fjord and then disappears, live Asle and Signe only now it’s simply Signe since Asle went out to attend to his boat one blustery night in November 1979, the slightly small rowing boat (even though it was built to his exact specifications by Johannes in the Bay), and never returned and now Signe has lived on her own for twenty or is it twenty-five years? only ‘lived’ connotes the wrong thing entirely; [...]

    10. Signe bydlela s Aslem v chatrči u fjordu. Protože byl rok 1979 neměli televizi, ipad ani playstation, a tak jezdil Asle každej den v lodi na fjord. Jednoho dne vyjel a už se nevrátil. Z knihy jsem nevyčet, jestli ho Signe vytočila tim, že mu připekla rybu, nebo nevyžehlila ponožky, ale teď je rok 2002 a Signe jako stará babička nezvdává naději a stále čeká, že se starej vrátí. Protože je tohle můj osmej vál od Fosseho, věděl jsem co mě čeká - interpunkce tradičn [...]

    11. Dzepno izdanje. Kratko i psihodelicno, klasicno norveski minimalisticko u svemu. Suma. Novembar. On i ona. Malo dijaloga. Sturog. Roman bez tacke. To je jedini detalj kojeg cu se secati. Velika ocekivanja, izneverena do poslednjeg slova. Vec vidjeno, vec citano, vec dozivljeno u dramaticno boljim izvedbama.

    12. Aliss at the Fire de Jon Fosse es una novela de prosa hipnótica, estructura circular, lenguaje mínimo y aliento poético. El lector se enfrenta a una premisa simple pero de grandes consecuencias. Una mujer recuerda la noche en que, décadas atrás, su marido desapareció en las aguas de un fiordo, y al mismo tiempo indagamos en la memoria, en sus posibilidades, en la aparente inevitabilidad de la tragedia. Hermosa novela de este autor que aunque es más reconocido por su dramaturgia prefiere v [...]

    13. This is a pretty beautiful little book, a shortish ghost-haunted story and a long-ass sentence all in one. There's a clear, icy simplicity to the prose (much as in another Norwegian writer I've just discovered, Tove Jansson) that's addictive, and allows the book to take liberties with moving around in time in a way that just feels fluid and lovely rather than jarring. Ultimately, the one long run-on sentence (interrupted by dialogue) gambit works (and is itself a nice feat of translation here) b [...]

    14. Even though not much happens in this novel, I could barely stop reading. Fosse manages to keep the reader going on just by the way he writes. I don’t know exactly how he is doing it, but it works – for me at least. He captures the insecurities the main characters are going through pretty well. Will he come back? He sure will, won’t he? But shouldn’t he have been back hours ago?It's worth reading!

    15. This book was very strange. Basically it's about this lady whose husband goes out on a boat one day and disappears. Throughout the whole book she has these weird flashbacks to her husband's ancestors. The writing is very simplistic: no quotation marks, barely any periods, just a lot of run-on sentences that repeat the same information. I guess the author was going for a stream-of-consciousness style or something, but to me it was just repetitive. The book seemed kind of pointless overall.

    16. A mental whirlwind of memories and reincarnations of life events of several generations, the book is breath-taking, as if the whirlwind is taking us into the very center of it, all without the main character moving from her spot really.

    17. the voice inside a woman's head in which reality runs unfettered by space and time. a tiny book that leaves a big impression.

    18. A crazy combination of fuzzy, rounded words and ideas that are somehow also searingly urgent, you'll read this book in one sitting and then understand how a good translation should read.

    19. "why is he being like this? he thinks, and he puts his hand flat on the wall, and it seems like the wall is telling him something, he thinks, something that can't be said but that is, just is, he thinks, and it's almost like he is touching a person, he thinks, almost like something is being said the way something is said when you touch someone, he thinks and he strokes the wall and there is almost a caress in his fingers running over the old brown paneling and then he hears footsteps and he pull [...]

    20. I thought this would be an interesting book, but the premise was the only thing that was compelling. This was completely void of structure. I know it was translated from Norwegian to English so some of it may have been the differences between the two languages. There was no quotation marks, essentially no paragraphs and run-on sentences galore (some pages long). I might've been able to overlook all that had the story been griping, but it was very hard to follow. It was like you were in a dream, [...]

    21. A quiet, meditative novella on the almost tidal nature of memory; it approaches and retreats in ad infinitum, stirring and recasting the silt of experience. Fosse is at his most humane here, gently guiding the reader through tragedy and loss through the eyes of an old woman awaiting the return of her husband. Remarkably beautiful.

    22. If you like elusive, hypnotically redundant prose that circles around itself and through time and across generations, well then this little gem is for you. In Norway, in a house by a fjord, a wife sits (lays,walks away from and back to) on a bench living through the memory, 20 years prior, of her husband, on a dark and rainy night, who took his rowboat into the fjord (after reading the dialog between them, risking certain death on the storm tossed water was obviously the better choice) and disap [...]

    23. Fosse's vivid, hallucinatory prose will stay with you for a very long time. Its emotional intensity is produced by a language stripped bare of any cliches and sentimentality, as you would expect from one of the greatest Norwegian writers. I thank his translator, Damion Searls for his beautiful rendition of Fosse's prose and credit Karl Ove Knausgaard's My Struggle for introducing me to contemporary Norwegian authors. I just can't get enough of them!

    24. Samme drømmende og utflytende stil som den senere Trilogien. Inneholder også mange av de samme tematiske linjene (og persongalleri) og tjener som en innledning til den noe mer ambisiøse fortsettelsen. Det er Ales er vanvittig flott, elegant og rørende, men står en tanke tilbake for fortsettelsen. Siste linje er, som ofte hos Fosse, en som slår deg i magen og nok aldri vil slippe.

    25. Dream like story where transition between time vanishes, to tell the story of past, memory, tragedy and loss in almost surreal fashion. It was a surprise that author plays with a few ideas several times line after line, progressing slowly. Sometimes it was boring, as though the story keeps shaking our shoulders, to make us believe in it. But no! One easy forgets the boring part, which is to come soon, to realize the fascination of the prose style.This kind of prose was first for me, which someti [...]

    26. A small handful of haunting sentences of prodigious length, separated by a small selection of periods, each which hit you like a bullet. This is stream of conscience quite unlike I've ever read it before. Time, person and place tangle themselves in intricate, beautiful knots as we follow Signe through her ruminations on her husband's death and his family's lineage. Aliss at the Fire was a dream I was not ready to be woken up from.

    27. Reads like one long prayer into past memories and a haunted present. This novella is written in a way that it must be read at one-sit, time flows fluidly and continuously while you are reading. In a sense past and present become united. They haunt each other and fill the emptiness of the characters and the places with rich images. I love this it made me cry. I'll be reading more of Fosse.

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