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Nobel Prize lessons – Jon Fosse

Norwegian author Jon Fosse writes in several different genres. Since his debut in 1983, he has published a large number of plays, novels, poetry collections, essays and children’s books. Fosse is one of the most widely performed playwrights of our era, but his novels have also attracted a great deal of international attention. In his stories he depicts strong emotions that many can relate to, but which can be difficult to capture in words − feelings of anxiety, insecurity and disorientation. Jon Fosse’s works “give voice to the unsayable”, writes the Swedish Academy in its citation for the 2023 Nobel Prize in Literature.

This is a ready to use Nobel Prize lesson on the 2023 Nobel Prize in Literature. The lesson is designed to take 45 minutes and includes a slideshow with a speaker’s manuscript, a video and a student assignment.

1. Show the slideshow (15 min)

Show the slides, using the speaker’s manuscript.

Slideshow (PDF 2,4 MB)

Speaker’s Manuscript (PDF 460 Kb)

2. Show the interview  (5 min)

3. Student assignment (15 min)

Let the students work with the assignment.

Student assignment (PDF 140 Kb)

4. Conclusion (10 min)

Summarise the work with the assignment and capture any questions from the students.

Press release for the 2023 Nobel Prize in Literature

Biobibliography the 2023 Nobel Prize in Literature

A Swedish version of the lesson is available at

More about the Nobel Prize and its founder in the lesson “Alfred Nobel and the Nobel Prize”

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