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By Fosse, Jon; Searls, Damion

ISBN-10: 1564785734

ISBN-13: 9781564785732

ISBN-10: 1564789950

ISBN-13: 9781564789952

In her previous apartment by means of the fjord, Signe lies on a bench and sees a imaginative and prescient of herself as she used to be greater than 20 years past: status by way of the window expecting her husband Asle, on that bad past due November day while he took his rowboat out onto the water and not again. Her thoughts widen out to incorporate their complete existence jointly, and past: the bonds of kin and the battles with implacable nature stretching again over 5 generations, to Asle's great-great-grandmother Aliss. In Jon Fosse's shiny, hallucinatory prose, a lot of these moments in time inhabit a similar area, and the ghosts of the earlier collide with those that nonetheless live to tell the tale. "Aliss on the fireplace" is a visionary masterpiece, a haunting exploration of affection and loss that ranks one of the maximum meditations on marriage and human destiny

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That’s Aliss at the fire. That is Aliss, he thinks, his great-great-grandmother, he is sure of it. It’s Aliss, he was named after her, or rather after her grandson Asle, the one who died when he was seven, the one who drowned, he drowned in the bay, his Grandpa Olaf’s brother, his namesake. But that is Aliss, in her early twenties, he thinks. And the boy, about two years old, that’s Kristoffer, his great-grandfather, the one who would later be Grandpa Olaf’s father and also the father of the Asle he was named after, his namesake, the one who drowned when he was just seven years old, he thinks and he sees Kristoffer start to cry dangling there in Aliss’s arm and she puts down the stick with the sheep head on it and then she sets Kristoffer down on the shore and he stands up and stands there unsteady on his little legs, and then Kristoffer takes one careful step, and he stands, and then he takes another step, and then he falls on his side and shrieks and Aliss says no, why do you have to try to stand up, can’t you sit quiet, Aliss says, and she puts down the stick and she picks up Kristoffer and holds him tight to her chest You good little boy, you’re a good little boy, Aliss says Don’t cry now, don’t cry anymore, that’s a good boy, she says and Kristoffer stops crying, gives a little sob, and then he’s happy again and then Aliss puts him down on the same stone as before and she picks up the stick with the sheep head again and starts to burn it, moves it back and forth in the flames.

Then maybe he would be here now? but she can’t think like that, that won’t get her anywhere, she thinks, she never liked being out in a boat, never, but he liked it, he just rowed out onto the fjord as much as he could, all the time, every single day, often twice a day, she thinks, and that he would just stay gone, disappear, never come back, just be gone and that she would be left here, alone, since they had never had children, the two of them, him and her, it was just him and her, she thinks, he was here, and then he was gone, disappeared, he walked up to her, with his long black hair, she had never seen him before and then he just came walking up to her, and then, yes, then, well she did wait a little while, but then she ran to him, she thinks, and then she stayed with him, living in his house, she thinks, stayed together with him, for many years it was like that but then as suddenly as when he had once come walking up to her he went away from her and now it’s been many years since she’s seen him, no one sees him, he is just gone, he was there and he disappeared, went away, away forever, but what was it he said before he went out that day when he disappeared?

Why is it like that? why is he still here? because he’s gone, he’s been gone for years, it’s been years since he disappeared, but it’s still as if he’s still here, she sees the hall door open, she sees him stand there in the doorway, she sees him walk into the room, hears him say what he’s said so many times before, that’s how it is and that’s how it will be even though he is gone forever, he is still always here, he is saying what he always said, he is walking the way he always walked, he is wearing the clothes he always wore, she thinks, and her, what about her?

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