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The moment just before Radar Radmanovic is born, all of the hospital’s electricity mysteriously fails. The delivery takes place in total darkness. Lights back on, the staff sees a healthy baby boy—with pitch-black skin—born to the stunned white parents. No one understands the uncanny electrical event or the unexpected skin color. “A childbirth is an explosion,” the ancient physician says by way of explanation. “Some shrapnel is inevitable, isn’t it?”

A kaleidoscopic novel both heartbreaking and dazzling, Reif Larsen’s I Am Radar begins with Radar’s perplexing birth but rapidly explodes outward, carrying readers across the globe and throughout history, as well as to unknown regions where radio waves and subatomic particles dance to their own design. Spanning this extraordinary range with grace and empathy, humor and courage, I Am Radar is the vessel where a century of conflict and art unite in a mesmerizing narrative whole.

Deep in arctic Norway, a cadre of Norwegian schoolteachers is imprisoned during the Second World War. Founding a radical secret society that will hover on the margins of recorded history for decades to come, these schoolteachers steal radioactive material from a hidden Nazi nuclear reactor and use it to stage a surreal art performance on a frozen coastline. This strange society appears again in the aftermath of Cambodia’s murderous Khmer Rouge regime, when another secret performance takes place but goes horrifically wrong. Echoes of this disaster can be heard during the Yugoslavian wars, when an avant-garde puppeteer finds himself trapped inside Belgrade while his brother serves in the genocidal militia that attacks Srebrenica. Decades later, in the war-torn Congo, a disfigured literature professor assembles the largest library in the world even as the country around him collapses. All of these stories are linked by Radar—now a gifted radio operator living in the New Jersey Meadowlands—who struggles with love, a set of hapless parents, and a terrible medical affliction that he has only just begun to comprehend.

As I Am Radar accelerates toward its unforgettable conclusion, these divergent strands slowly begin to converge, revealing that beneath our apparent differences, unseen harmonies secretly unite our lives. Drawing on the furthest reaches of quantum physics, forgotten history, and mind-bending art, Larsen’s I Am Radar is a triumph of storytelling at its most primal, elegant, and epic: a breathtaking journey through humanity’s darkest hours only to arrive at a place of shocking wonder and redemption.

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  • “A deeply patterned narrative that darts easily from small-bore domestic dramas to sweeping historical catastrophes with just the right fillip of silliness and levity to keep the whole text eminently approachable…I Am Radar is as easy to enjoy for its swaggering tragicomic spirit as it is to admire for its celestial ambition.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “His prose is addictive and enchanting…matched by his many ambitions.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Wise yet unpretentious, both broad and deep, I Am Radar will slake the most unquenchable thirst for storytelling and open the reader’s eyes to new possibilities in fiction.”

    Shelf Awareness

  • “Gripping…Masterly…This is a sprawling, engrossing novel about the ravages of war and the triumph of art. Larsen is an effortless magician, and his performance here is a pure delight.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A delightfully disorienting and immersive experience.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Strange things happen when Radar Radmanovic is around…If Larsen’s story makes demands of its readers, it also offers plenty of rewards. Imaginative, original, nicely surreal.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Adam Grupper infuses the unfolding connections with mysterious undertones. His narration moves swiftly through the story’s many shifting time periods and countries. In the transitions from Eastern Europe to modern America, he maintains a steady tempo. Grupper’s flexibility is evident in the characters’ emotions, as revealed in dialogue. He excels with a range of male and female voices of a variety of nationalities. This is a complex, lengthy work, well told for the patient listener.”

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About the Author

Reif Larsen studied at Brown University and has taught at Columbia University, where he received his MFA in fiction. His first novel, The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet, was a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into twenty-seven languages. The novel was a Montana Honor book, a finalist for the IndieBound Award, and was short-listed for the Guardian First Book Award and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Larsen’s essays and short fiction have appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, Tin House, the Millions, Virginia Quarterly Review, the Asymptote Journal, and the Believer.