The streets of Buenos Aires are empty at night, and people notice nothing because they have trained themselves not to see. This is Argentina in the time of the generals. Richard Garay lives alone with his mother, hiding his homosexuality from her and from the world. Stifled by a job he despises, he finds himself willing to take chances, both sexual and professional. But in the aftermath of the Falklands War, new freedoms seem possible, and the arrival of two American diplomats offer him hope and the prospect of making his fortune. As his country slowly makes its peace with the outside world, Richard tentatively begins a love affair – but the Faustian bargain he has made with experience gradually darkens. The Story of the Night is a powerful and moving mix of politics, passion, and intrigue that confirms Tóibín as one of the finest writers of his generation.
Review quote“A beautiful, fascinating novel. It is a thriller, a love story, and much more. Colm Tóibín is an extraordinary writer, daring and precise.”
“A mesmerizing, dark, powerful novel.…”
–The Times (U.K.)
“Tóibín is a fine writer. This novel pulls you in gradually and keeps you guessing.…”
“Tóibín’s genius is that he makes it impossible for us to walk away.”
–The New Yorker
“A love story and a political thriller and about being Irish and a coming-out novel.”
“A novel that reads like the most memorable of Camus.…The story – told in restrained, spare, matter-of-fact prose – becomes more immediate and powerful as we are drawn in.…The anger you feel as you read the final pages will remain long after you have closed the book.”
–Globe and Mail
“Written in a self-reflective style that rings with honesty, bravely constructing a complex metaphor of sex and death in Argentina.”
–New York Times
“This troubling and haunting book is one of shadows and secrets, half-lives and losses, endings and fears.”
“The intellect which has so conspicuously powered Tóibín’s writing career is fired here with a new ambition and purpose.”
“A fine novel, remarkable for the purity of its ambitions.”
–Washington Post Book World
“A love story of the most serious and difficult kind. [Tóibín] has told it with profound artistry and truth.”
“Generates the tension of an unstoppable flow.…Haunting.…The Story of the Night is tautly constructed, politically hip, and geographically true.”
About the AuthorColm Tóibín is the award-winning author of five novels: The South, winner of the Irish Times/Aer Lingus Literature Prize; The Heather Blazing, winner of the Encore Award for best second novel; The Story of the Night; The Blackwater Lightship, which was a finalist for the Booker Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; and, most recently, The Master, a finalist for the Man Booker Prize.
His non-fiction includes Bad Blood: A Walk Along the Irish Border; Homage to Barcelona; The Sign of the Cross: Travels in Catholic Europe; and, most recently, Love in a Dark Time. He is also the co-author, with Carmen Callil, of The Modern Library: The 200 Best Novels in English Since 1950.
He lives in Dublin, Ireland.
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