Following his much-talked-about and award-winning first novel The Slope, Carl Frode Tiller’s second book both reaffirmed and strengthened his status as one of Norway’s most important authors.
In Minor Characters we meet people whose lives intertwine, but who each inhabit their own, closed world. Kjell takes off when his father, Thomas, meets a new woman. Thomas’ brother is trapped between two dominating women, and Kjell’s half-brother lives a shady life on the edge of the law. Finally, we make the acquaintance of Arnt, a writer, who one evening is visited by Thomas, one of the minor characters in the book he is writing…
Minor Characters asks what it takes to empathize with other people’s worlds and realities. We follow the intricate threads of a tapestry woven by the characters’ lives.
“This is a novel so original in style, language and composition that it’s easy to let oneself be seduced”