At Night We Walk in Circles

At Night We Walk in Circles

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By (author) Daniel Alarcon

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  • Publisher: Riverhead Books
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 206mm x 24mm | 320g
  • Publication date: 2 September 2014
  • ISBN 10: 1594632839
  • ISBN 13: 9781594632839
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 446,868

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The breakout book from a prizewinning young writer: a "surrealistic tour de force" ("O, The Oprah Magazine") about one man's obsessive search to find the truth of another man's 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, 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," a legendary play by Nelson's hero, Henry Nunez, leader of the storied guerrilla theater troupe Diciembre. And that's when the real trouble begins. 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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Daniel Alarcon is the author of the story collection" War by Candlelight," and the novel "Lost City Radio," winner of the 2009 International Literature Prize. He has been named one of "The New Yorker"'s "20 Under 40," and is executive producer of Radio Ambulante, a Spanish-language storytelling podcast. Alarcon lives in San Francisco.

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Praise for "At Night We Walk in Circles " "Wise and engaging . . . [a] layered, gorgeously nuanced work." --"The New York Times Book Review" "Consistently compelling . . . Alarcon's smoothly polished prose [is] flecked with wit and surprisingly epigraphic phrases . . . with lines that knock the wind out of you." --"The Washington Post" "Outstanding . . . a work that creates a multilayered world and invites you to enter it." --"Los Angeles Times" "Masterful . . . a sterling novel . . . brave, thoughtful and astute . . . elegant in its construction, it feels perfectly suited to bring Alarcon's tremendous talent to a wider audience." --"The Miami Herald " "Compelling . . . an intellectual puzzle." --"The Boston Globe "