Book review: “Melancholy II,” a study in mood and meaning

Christine Foster Meloni Washington, D.C. Jon Fosse is one of Norway’s leading writers. He is best known for his plays, which have had success in many countries around the world. He has also written books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction in addition to drama. Language is more important than plot to Fosse. He keeps his words to a minimum, and forward-moving action is painfully slow. Many readers, for this reason, may find him either boring or incomprehensible. But if one focuses on the words and tries to find the rhythm, meaning can be found. Fosse was an admirer of Lars Hertervig, and his two Melancholia books, Melancholy and Melancholy II, are a tribute to this great Norwegian landscape artist. In Melancholy Fosse traces Hertervig’s descent into madness and his eventual inability to paint. (See a review of Melancholy in NAW, August 29, 2014.) In Melancholy II Fosse foc
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Christine Foster Meloni

Christine Foster Meloni is professor emerita at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She has degrees in Italian literature, linguistics, and philosophy of education, and a doctorate in international education.

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