I just heard this mentioned on a podcast, but then couldn't remember which one, and can't remember the title either! But I think it was a 3-4 word title with relatively simple, common, monosyllabic words.

It begins with a man waking up from a dream, then going to a house (possibly a party is there), and meets several people he recognizes from the dream, which he finds surprising and inexplicable. I'm not sure what else happens, but I believe it ends with his waking up from the novel's events, which were his dream, but which are now apparently going to be repeated in an endless cycle of dreams-within-dreams.

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    Finnegans Wake by James Joyce? Commented Jul 2, 2023 at 21:39
  • I'm pretty sure it's a lot more recent, and less complex, than Finnegan's Wake.
    – scottef
    Commented Jul 4, 2023 at 13:56
  • Finnegans Wake does not start in a dream, but it may have been the first circular novel since I can think of none before it. Commented Jul 4, 2023 at 21:00
  • Could it be Jose Luis Borges's short story (not a novel) "The Circular Ruins"?
    – verbose
    Commented Jan 5 at 7:31


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