At Night We Walk in Circles

at night we walk in circles cover image At Night We Walk in Circles

by Daniel Alarcon
General Fiction
Riverhead Hardcover
Hardcover, 384 pages

This one resonates with the feel of latter day Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Set in an unnamed Latin American country (Peru, would do) it follows the deteriorating life of young Nelson. He joins a guerilla theatrical group – Diciembre - led by his revolutionary idol, Henry Nunez, and goes on tour. He becomes progressively entangled with the lives and relationships of his fellow actors during performance after performance of The Idiot President. Eventually the pot boils over and a hidden betrayal fuels a chaotic disintegration of the troupe. A meditation on obsession, identity and fate.