Encircling 2 (Paperback)


By Carl Frode Tiller

Graywolf Press, 9781555978013, 448pp.

Publication Date: March 20, 2018

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Encircling 2 continues Carl Frode 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, Carl Frode 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.

About the Author

Carl Frode Tiller is the author of five novels and four plays. Books in The Encircling Trilogy have won the Brage Prize and the Norwegian Critics Prize, and have been translated into multiple languages. He lives in Trondheim, Norway.

Praise For Encircling 2: Origins

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

“[Encircling 2: Origins is] filled with Tiller’s intense and psychologically acute scenes. . . . Bombs dropped in the final pages ensure hot anticipation for the final installment.”Booklist

“This volume stands alone well and has a twist climax that sets up more questions about David for the third book while also making this one satisfying in itself. A canny exploration of how much we reveal about ourselves when we talk about others.”Kirkus Reviews

“The translation of Norwegian superstar Carl Frode Tiller is a giant and invaluable gift to English-speaking readers everywhere.”—Rebecca Dinerstein, author of The Sunlit Night