Carl Frode Tiller


Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards, Søren Kierkegaard wrote. Beginnings is the story of one man’s life, told from end to start, from suicide to childhood. To better cast light on the ever recurring question of why things turned out just the way they did?

Terje is a father and a husband, a son and a brother and an environmentalist. Pained by his shortcomings when it comes to interacting to the ones closest to him and wrestling with the notion that his activism and efforts on a local scale just might be useless in the face of a global catastrophe.
Highly anticipated is the new novel from the author of the Encirclement-trilogy, by many regarded as one of the most important Norwegian works of literature in the 2000’s.

Carl Frode Tiller’s evocative prose, combined with his rare insight into human minds, constitutes this gripping and extraordinary novel about choice, freedom and determinism.

Nominated to: The Nordic Council Literature Award 2018, The Norwegian Critic’s Prize 2017 and The Norwegian Bookseller’s Prize 2017

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‘Intense and believable.’

Trønder-Avisa, 6 out of 6 stars

‘Crawling desperation (…) Heartbreakingly and existentially upsetting.’

VG, 5 out of 6 stars

‘….beautiful, tragic and sobering. Psychologically sharp and ruthless. Still warm and poetic.’

Dagbladet, 5 out of 6 stars

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Frankfurt 2019