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    DescriptionLONGLISTED FOR THE DYLAN THOMAS PRIZE The breakout book from Daniel Alarcon, one of the New Yorker's 20 best writers under 40: a breathtaking, suspenseful search for the truth of one man's spectacular downfall. Nelson's life is not turning out the way he hoped. His girlfriend is sleeping with another man, his brother has left their South American country and moved to the United States, leaving Nelson to care for their widowed mother, and his acting career can't seem to get off the ground. That is, until he lands a starring role in a touring revival of The Idiot President, with legendary guerrilla theatre troupe Diciembre. And that's when the real trouble begins. The tour takes Nelson across a landscape scarred by years of civil war. Forging bonds with his fellow actors, he becomes hopelessly entangled in their lives, until a long-buried betrayal erupts into chaos. Nelson's fate is slowly revealed through the investigation of the narrator, a young man obsessed with Nelson's story-and perhaps closer to it than he lets on. In sharp, vivid, and beautiful prose, Alarcon delivers a compulsively readable narrative and a provocative meditation on fate, identity, and the large consequences that can result from even our smallest choices.


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    Title
    At Night We Walk in Circles
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Daniel Alarcon
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 218 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 520 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780007517398
    ISBN 10: 0007517394
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000
    DC23: 813.6
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Imprint name
    FOURTH ESTATE LTD
    Publication date
    16 January 2014
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Daniel Alarcon was born in Lima, Peru, in 1977 and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. His collection of short stories, 'War By Candlelight', was published in 2005 to great acclaim, and was followed by a novel, 'Lost City Radio', in 2007. His writing has appeared in 'McSweeney's', 'n+1', and 'Harper's', and he has been named one of the 20 best writers under 40 by the 'New Yorker. He lives in Oakland, California. 'At Night We Walk in Circles' is his second novel.
    Review quote
    'Alarcon is a serious, talented, charming and often beautiful writer' Guardian 'Daniel Alarcon is a serious talent ... 'At Night We Walk in Circles' is a complex exploration of memory, storytelling, fate and identity ... Alarcon summons both the city and the provinces of his native land with tremendous vigour and reveals the loneliness that lies at the heart of his characters' Financial Times 'Comedy and menace are held in exquisite tension ... beautifully plotted and paced ... This is a clever book, not a clever-clever one, with a metafictional dimension that raises the emotional temperature rather than cooling it. As a heartwarming road novel, a pair of doomed love stories and a propulsive, irresolvable murder mystery folded into a scrupulous inspection of narrative ethics, it's some feat' Guardian 'Alarcon's conscious reimagining emancipates him from writing a kind of fictionalised anthropology. It allows him to write a fable for any small country ravaged by the Cold War, by the drug trade, by violent political factionalism, and by the displacement of traditional societies through neoliberal economic policies.' Telegraph 'The novel succeeds as a powerful elegy for a vanishing world and captures the dying light of a radical moment.' Ted Hodgkinson, Literary Review 'Poignantly vivid ... Alarcon's depiction of the twin traps of illusion and despair, his portraits of people defeated by life or refusing to accept defeat, ring powerfully true' Prospect 'Nabokov says that imagination is a form of memory, and this novel is a perfect example of this claim. In writing about a place, its people and its history, Daniel Alarcon's memory catches the evanescent details of everyday life, while his imagination, never for a moment blurred, creates a powerful story with so many intricate characters. This is a novel written with extraordinary vision and wisdom.' Yiyun Li, author of Gold Boy, Emerald Girl and The Vagrants