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Encircling 2

Carl Frode Tiller; Translated from the Norwegian by Barbara Haveland
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.

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Encircling 2 continues Tiller’s “poised and effective Rashomon-style exploration of multiple psyches” (Kirkus Reviews)

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Carl Frode  Tiller
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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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  • “Intense and psychologically acute. . . . Bombs dropped in the final pages ensure hot anticipation for the final installment.”Booklist
  • “[Tiller] cleverly widen[s] the scope of his project from a character study into an examination of artistic ethics.”Publishers Weekly
  • “A canny exploration of how much we reveal about ourselves when we talk about others.”Kirkus Reviews
  • “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
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