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The Sea-Wave


-1st Edition

*Longlisted for the 2017 Saboteur Award*

A flash fiction novel, The Sea-Wave details the aftermath of the kidnapping by an elderly and emotionally damaged man of a severely disabled, wheelchair-bound, unusually bright, depressive 12-year-old girl incapable of speech. The content of the novel consists of the girl's entries in her diary-like memorandum book, entries which relate her own, surprising thoughts on her kidnapping, family, and disabilities, in addition to her verbatim transcriptions of the old man's monologues, which appear to reveal, in fragments, the details of a very specific and unusual period in his life. As the pair can't verbally communicate, the book is free of dialogue in the conventional sense. The emphasis, instead, is on character, and emotional effect.


"Tense, dark, unexpected, and revelatory -- there's a lot of atmosphere and emotion packed into Rolli's The Sea-Wave." - Open Book

"A boundary-pushing work that invites multiple readings." - Necessary Fiction

"Eerily beautiful... I’ve encountered few books in which the narrative voice and the sense of mystery are so compelling." - Neon Magazine

"With his highly original style, Rolli has succeeded exceptionally well in stimulating both imagination and empathy in The Sea-Wave." - Transition

"However you want to categorize it, Rolli’s The Sea-Wave is a powerful read." - This Is My Symphony

"I have not seen a published book experimenting with this style before, but I must admit I am in love." - Allerdale Reviews


Publisher: Guernica Editions
Pages: 168
Format: Paperback
Published: August 2016

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