Encircling 2

Encircling 2
Carl Frode Tiller; Translated from the Norwegian by Barbara Haveland

“[Encircling 2] pelts across the landscape of memory, around obstacles of lies, secrets, and vanity. . . . An incomparable intellectual escapade. . . . [Tiller’s books] are shards, large slices of story and characterization, each a jagged stepping-stone leading to an inescapable conclusion: identity is not a monolith but a collage — an odd, overlapping, contradictory collage, impossible to reconcile.”Los Angeles Review of Books

“Intense and psychologically acute. . . . Bombs dropped in the final pages ensure hot anticipation for the final installment.”Booklist

About the Book

Encircling 2 continues Tiller’s “poised and effective Rashomon-style exploration of multiple psyches” (Kirkus Reviews)
Book two of The Encircling Trilogy continues piecing together the fractured identity of David, the absent central figure who has lost his memory. Three very different friends write letters about his childhood on the backwater island of Otterøya. Ole, a farmer struggling to right his floundering marriage, recalls days in the woods when an act of pretending went very wrong. Tom Roger, a rough-edged outsider slipping into domestic violence, shares a cruder side of David as he crows about their exploits selling stolen motorcycles and spreads gossip about who David’s father might be. But it is Paula, a former midwife now consigned to a nursing home, who has the most explosive secret of all, one that threatens to undo everything we know about David.

With a carefully scored polyphony of voices and an unwavering attention to domestic life, Tiller shows how deeply identity is influenced by our friendships. The Encircling Trilogy is an innovative portrayal of one man’s life that is both starkly honest and unnervingly true.

Additional Reviews

“A canny exploration of how much we reveal about ourselves when we talk about others.”Kirkus Reviews

“[Tiller] cleverly widen[s] the scope of his project from a character study into an examination of artistic ethics.”Publishers Weekly

“The narrative effect creates a moving, complex portrait. While this book raises questions of David’s motives in this project, it also gets at the uncomfortable truth: though we may view ourselves as the heroes of our own stories, we’re little more than supporting players in everyone else’s.”Words Without Borders