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In the Night of Time Hardcover – December 3, 2013
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"Labyrinthine and spellbinding…one of the most eloquent monuments to the Spanish Civil War ever to be raised in fiction." --The Washington Post, Best Fiction Books of 2014
"A vast, architectural novel." —NPR.org
"Sweeping, magisterial...An astonishingly vivid narrative that unfolds with hypnotic intensity by means of the constant interweaving of time and memory...In the Night of Time is Tolstoyan in its scale, emotional intensity and intellectual honesty." —The Economist
"What is remarkable about the book, despite the emphasis on the private and the shadowy, is how much Muñoz Molina manages to say about the world itself and how hypnotic his narrative becomes as he slows down time...He can have his protagonist contemplate his own past in slow and searching tones; he can have him consider his lover's body with mesmeric grace; he can have him ponder his need to escape with urgency; he can have him consider architecture with originality...Muñoz Molina, in all his fiction, has a sense of the past as a living force, darting, shifting, haunting, impossible to pin down...In In the Night of Time he brings this perception further, allowing the most private inner moments to have greater importance than the war outside, and he approaches character with even greater tenderness, allowing for every type of weakness." —Colm Toibin, New York Review of Books
"An epic…Molina’s cogent examination of war on a scale both large and small reaffirms his place as a giant of Europe’s literary scene, well-worth being discovered by American readers." —The Daily Beast
"A story of love, violence, and politics…[In the Night of Time] echoes Molina’s earlier works, including the much-praised A Manuscript of Ashes." —The New Yorker
"Epic…In the Night of Time gives its subject the space it deserves and renders it vibrantly with intoxicating prose." —Entertainment Weekly
"A fascinating read." —Typographical Era
"A sweeping, mesmerizing tale that weaves seamlessly between Spain and America, present and past, personal and political." —Bustle.com
"Superb…A simple love story at one level, a broad portrait of a nation in flames at another, and a masterwork through and through." —Kirkus (starred review)
"A War and Peace for the Spanish Civil War, this classically sweeping novel from Molina (A Manuscript of Ashes) follows a large cast of characters, intermingling real and fictional figures, through times of both peaceful routine and grotesque violence." —Publishers Weekly
"A large rough-cut gem of a story that lingers in one’s mind. [Molina] appears to be finally getting the international attention he deserves." —Booklist (starred review)
“Antonio Munoz Molina's In The Night of Time is a sweeping love story enveloped by the horrors of the Spanish Civil War…In this monumental book, Molina has described with brutal honesty the atrocities committed on both sides of the war.” – Charleston Post and Courier
Top Customer Reviews
The book works at one level as a reverse Portrait of a Lady, with the focus on the European lover, in this case a Spaniard, rather than the young American woman. Molina indicates he is aware of this homage by his somewhat ironic references to Henry James and Isabel Archer. At another, it is a panoramic recreation of Spain on the cusp of revolution, with people from different segments of society--the traditional Catholic, the bourgeois, the proletariat and the artistic--imaginatively and sympathetically recreated. In a sense, the character Ignacio Abel represents a modern Spain almost stillborn in the wake of Franco's revolt.
Molina has asked several interesting and crucial questions. He has imaginatively recreated what it meant to live in Spain before the Civil War and what it meant to live through the terror that gripped Madrid after Franco's Army began advancing through southern Spain.Read more ›
But for me the effort paid in full. This is phenomenal literature by an author at his height. If Munoz Molina wrote in English he would be of the stature of Hillary Mantel. I emphatically recommend this novel. But the effort required to enjoy and appreciate it is not dissimilar to that for "Wolf Hall", and neither is the reward.
The novel is told in densely written vignettes that jump back and forth through periods of the man's life, so attention must be paid to keep up with the thrust of the plot. The hefty and often rich substance of the story (largely narrative) is what makes it worth plowing through the 600-plus pages of the book, which are heavily populated with un-indented paragraphs that frequently caused my mind to wander. That challenge notwithstanding, "In the Night of Time" very effectively and convincingly evokes the political chaos of 1930s Spain, the fraying of Spanish society, and the crumbling of the protagonist's well-ordered architect's life and his subsequent reaction to a middle-aged obsession.
Not an easy book to read, but worth the effort for this reader.
It may be argued Molina cannot approach Tolstoy but it's not out of line comparing this novel to War and Peace. Though distinctly different in culture, time period and the players involved, a war is a war. There is violence and death alongside love and life. This does not change. As much as War and Peace is the seminal work on the Napoleonic Era, it could be argued Molina's novel has done the same service to the Spanish Civil War. Molina's work is told in caressing, romantic language, whereas Tolstoy's voice is, of course, very different. However, the truths are the same.
A magnificent work.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A superb piece of work - up there with the greats. "War and Peace" comes to mind.Published 9 months ago by Stuart Low Consulting
Prose that is both beautiful and musical. A testament, I'm sure, to both the author and his translator. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lagun NE
A complet novel. Grelt story abort a antihero in a devestating timePublished 10 months ago by Ole Tamberg
Loved the historical setting of the Spanish civil war. Loved the poetic language but it was a slow read.Published 13 months ago by RebekahKase
Antonio Munoz Molina has created a huge novel that is just what I want in any artistic creation, to be loved or hated, but not to be perceived as benign. Read morePublished 15 months ago by JO
My full exposure exposure to the Spanish American War consisted of Hemingway's 1940 novel (and subsequent movie with Ingrid Bergman & Gary Cooper in 1943) 'For Whom the Bell... Read morePublished 15 months ago by E. B. MULLIGAN
This is not a book you can hurry through. Molina writes vivid, dense, long paragraphs that spiral in time and character. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Herblady22
There is no worse experience in reading than opening a book or turning a page to be greeted by an uninterrupted block of prose, devoid of indentation. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Orrin C. Judd
It is a compelling, exhausting account of a man's belated recognition of both the political peril in which he is living his middle class architectural life -- the hell of Spain's... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Nancy Bekavac