Nominated by:

Wojewódzka Biblioteka Publiczna im. Marszalka Józefa Pilsudskiego, Lódz, Poland

Lisbon Central Library, Portugal

Bibliothèques Municipales, Genéve, Switzerland

Publisher of nominated edition:

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, USA

In the Night of Time

Antonio Muñoz Molina      

Translated from the original Spanish by Edith Grossman

2015 Longlist

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 alters his 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.

(From Publisher)

About the Author

Antonio Muñoz Molina is the author of more than a dozen novels, among them Sepharad, A Manuscript of Ashes, and In Her Absence. He has also been awarded the Jerusalem Prize and the Príncipe de Asturias Prize, among many others. He lives in Madrid and New York City.

About the Translator

Edith Grossman is the acclaimed translator of major Spanish-language authors, including Gabriel García Márquez and Mario Vargus Llosa. She has received the PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for translation and other honours.

Librarians’ Comments

A story about the pain of mutual violence, terror, the stupidity of propaganda, and the fall of a country. A story that reflects the social drama in the love relationships of the main characters. A subtle map of human nature that remains the same regardless of era. A story about becoming mature, the idealism of youth toned down in adolescence, about love – different in marriage and outside it.

A fascinating fusion of history and imagination written by one of Spain’s most important comtemporary authors.

This book is about exile and Spain. About the past that one leaves behind. About involvements and renouncements, about courage and silence and about what love really means. History impacts painfully on the characters’ feelings and their relationships to the world. A brilliant novel by a brilliant writer!

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