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Norwegian writer Jon Fosse, celebrated for his spare and cryptic work, has won the 2023 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Fosse, 64, was given the 2023 award for his “his innovative plays and prose, which give voice to the unsayable”, the Nobel committee said on Thursday.

Anders Olsson, chair of the Nobel literature committee, said that Fosse’s “huge oeuvre” spanning some 40 plays, a wealth of novels, essays and children’s books was rooted in the “language and literature of his Norwegian background with artistic techniques in the wake of modernism.”

His writing “exposes human anxiety and ambivalence at its core,” Olsson added.

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