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Encircling

A Novel
Carl Frode Tiller; Translated from the Norwegian by Barbara J. Haveland
David has lost his memory. When he places a newspaper ad to ask his friends and family to share their memories of him, three respond: Jon, his closest friend; Silje, his teenage girlfriend; and Arvid, his estranged stepfather. Their letters reveal David’s early life in the small town of Namsos, full of teenage rebellion, the uncertainties of first love, and intense experiments in art and music.

As the narrative circles ever closer to David, the letters interweave with scenes from the present day, and it becomes less and less clear what to believe. Jon’s and Silje’s adult lives have run aground on thwarted ambition and failed intimacy, and Arvid has had a lonely struggle with cancer. Each has suspect motives for writing, and soon a contradictory picture of David emerges. Whose remembrance of him is right? Or do they all hold some fragment of the truth?

Carl Frode Tiller’s masterful opening novel to The Encircling Trilogy won the European Prize for Literature, the English PEN Award, and the Hunger Prize. Encircling, with David as its brooding central enigma, confronts the relativity of memory in an audacious and daring novel that reveals the shape of a life and leaves us wanting more.

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ISBN
978-1-55597-762-7
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Paperback
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336
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5.25 x 8
The brilliant first novel in The Encircling Trilogy, a searing psychological portrait of a man by his friends

About the Author

Carl Frode  Tiller
Credit: Therese Alice Sanne

Carl Frode Tiller is the author of six novels and four plays. Books in The Encircling Trilogy have been adapted for the theater and translated into multiple languages. He lives in Trondheim, Norway.
 

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Barbara J. Haveland is a leading translator of Norwegian and Danish. She is the translator of all three volumes of The Encircling Trilogy by Carl Frode Tiller, and her recent published works include The Cold Song by Linn Ullmann and new translations of Ibsen’s The Master Builder and Little Eyolf. She lives in Copenhagen.

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Praise

  • “A beautiful meditation on the subtler ways we fail each other, our quieter forms of grief. . . . It’s thrilling to know two more books will arrive.”USA Today
  • “What makes this novel, the first of a trilogy, extraordinary is the suspense: like the best mystery novels, it transforms the reader into an obsessive gumshoe.”The New Yorker
  • “From the first pages, Encircling hits that tantalizing pace of a classic whodunit. . . . The slow unraveling of truths makes every fact suspect to the reader, and this constant questioning of a truth both moves the plot forward and leaves the reader with an overwhelming sense of foreboding. . . . And with a little luck and work from Graywolf Press, English readers won’t have to wait too long for the next in this electrifying series. This reviewer is counting down the days.”Electric Literature
  • “Mesmerizing. . . . [Encircling] thrillingly revitalizes the epistolary form. . . . [Tiller’s] authentic voices consistently entrance and intrigue.”Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

Acknowledgements

A Lannan Translation Selection
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