In the Night of Time

In the Night of Time

Book - 2013
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October 1936. Spanish architect Ignacio Abel arrives at Penn Station, the final stop on his journey from war-torn Madrid, where he has left behind his wife and children, abandoning them to uncertainty. Crossing the fragile borders of Europe, he reflects on months of fratricidal conflict in his embattled country, his own transformation from a bricklayer's son to a respected bourgeois husband and professional, and the all-consuming love affair with an American woman that forever altershis life.

Winner of the 2012 Prix Méditerranée Étranger and hailed as a masterpiece, In the Night of Time is a sweeping, grand novel and an indelible portrait of a shattered society, written by one of Spain's most important contemporary novelists.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
ISBN: 9780547547848
Characteristics: 641 pages ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Grossman, Edith 1936-


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kcs76 Jul 31, 2014

"A love story set against the background of the Spanish Civil War" describes this novel, but does not begin to do it justice. It's about memory, time, exile, obsession and betrayal; it is so beautifully written (and translated) as to be, at times, breathtaking. The author's control of the narrative and his deep feeling for his characters are remarkable: the protagonist is weak and selfish at times, yet I never lost sympathy for him (I lost patience at times, but never sympathy), even though his betrayed wife is one of the most sympathetic characters in the story. I wish my Spanish were good enough to have read it in the original, but Edith Grossman's translation is fantastic.

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