A Nobel Week
Norwegian writer Jon Fosse was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature yesterday, recognized for his wide range of work, which includes more than three dozen plays, children's books, poetry, and more. Fosse—who says a near-death experience as a child shaped his life's work—is known for focusing on themes like birth, death, the fragility of the human condition, and more.
He is the fourth Norwegian writer to win the prize and the first to write in Nynorsk. The language is one of two written standards recognized by the government, though only about 10% of the country's population uses it.
The announcement was the latest in a week of selections, which recognized work in developing mRNA-based vaccines (physiology/medicine), extremely short-pulsed lasers (physics), and quantum dots (chemistry).
One of the highest-profile selections, the Nobel Peace Prize, was announced this morning at 5 am ET. See the winners here.