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Novelist, poet and playwright Jon Fosse was born in 1959 on the west coast of Norway and now resides in Bergen. The author of some thirty books and twenty-five plays that have been translated into over 40 languages, he is one of the most provocative, celebrated, and produced contemporary European playwrights. His novels include Red, Black, Closed Guitar, The Boathouse, The Bottle Collector, and Melancholia I-II, and his volumes of poetry include Angel with Water in its Eyes and Dog and Angel. Since 1993, Fosse has focused primarily on playwriting. He quickly received international acclaim, particularly after Claude Regy (legendary French director of Pinter's work) came out of retirement to direct his play Someone is Going to Come. Afterwards, Le Monde dubbed Fosse "the Beckett of the 21st Century." His plays, including And We'll Never Be Parted, The Guitar Man, Dream of Autumn, Girl on the Sofa, and Death Variations, have been produced on major stages across Europe, as well as around the world in countries such as Japan, Australia, and Chile (and now in the United States). Norwegian National Television (NRK) calls Fosse "Norway's biggest cultural export" and he is the recipient of numerous international awards and honors. He was named Best Foreign Playwright by Theater Heute (the leading theatrical magazine for German speaking countries); was designated a Chevalier by the French government; and in 2003 he became the youngest person ever to win Norway's highest cultural honor, the Norsk Kulturråd Ærespris.