Jon Olav Fosse is a Norwegian author and dramatist.
Fosse was born in Haugesund, Norway. He debuted in 1983 with the novel Raudt, svart. His first play, Og aldri skal vi skiljast, was performed and published in 1994. Jon Fosse has written novels, short stories, poetry, children's books, essays and plays. His works have been translated into more than forty languages.
Fosse was made a chevalier of the Ordre national du MÃ©rite of France in 2007. Fosse also has been ranked number 83 on the list of the Top 100 living geniuses by The Daily Telegraph.
Since 2011, Fosse has been granted the Grotten, an honorary residence owned by the Norwegian state and located on the premises of the Royal Palace in the city centre of Oslo. Use of the Grotten as a permanent residence is an honour specially bestowed by the King of Norway for contributions to Norwegian arts and culture.
Fosse was among the literaty consultants to Bibel 2011, a Norwegian translation of the Bible published in 2011.