Night Boat to Tangier: A novel

Category: Book
By (author): Barry, Kevin
Subject:  FICTION / Crime
  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
  FICTION / Urban
Awards: Booker Prize (2019) Long-listed
Irish Novel of the Year (2019) Short-listed
Publisher: Knopf Random Vintage Canada
Published: July 2020
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 8.00in x 5.18in
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From The Publisher*From the acclaimed author of the international sensations City of Bohane and Beatlebone, a striking and gorgeous novel of two aging criminals at the butt ends of their damage-filled careers. A superbly melancholic melody of a novel full of beautiful phrases and terrible men.

In the dark waiting room of the ferry terminal in the sketchy Spanish port of Algeciras, two aging Irishmen--Maurice Hearne and Charlie Redmond, longtime partners in the lucrative and dangerous enterprise of smuggling drugs--sit at night, none too patiently. It is October 23, 2018, and they are trying to locate Maurice's estranged daughter, Dilly, whom they've heard is either arriving on a boat coming from Tangier or departing on one heading there.
     This nocturnal vigil will initiate an extraordinary journey back in time to excavate their shared history of violence, romance, mutual betrayals, and serial exiles. Rendered with the dark humor and the hardboiled Hibernian lyricism that have made Kevin Barry one of the most striking and admired fiction writers at work today, Night Boat to Tangier is a superbly melancholic melody of a novel, full of beautiful phrases and terrible men.


SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 EASON NOVEL OF THE YEAR (part of the An Post Irish Book Awards)

"Try the name Flann O'Brien. Try James Joyce. Try Roddy Doyle. Try Patrick McCabe. Try Wilde, try McGahern, try Behan. And now try the name Kevin Barry. See how it fits in perfectly among the others-Kevin Barry is one of the most original, daring, and seriously funny writers ever to come out of Ireland. I'd walk a hundred miles for a new Barry book and I would make the happy journey home, laughing." -Colum McCann

"I devoured Night Boat to Tangier. I loved the potent truth of it all, drenched in damage and romance. The Barry turn of phrase is a true wonder of this world." -Max Porter

"It's a Kevin Barry novel, so the brilliance is expected; everything else is a brilliant surprise.' -Roddy Doyle
"It is an understatement to say that nobody writes quite like Kevin Barry; in truth, there's nobody else in the same phylum. In Night Boat to Tangier you'll find all the Barry hallmarks-that inimitable style of his, both riotous and lyrical, the sly humour, and his seemingly effortless ability to create characters who spring to glorious life within a few short pages. I imagine you'll wish, if anything, that you could spend just a little more time in the world Barry conjures." -Craig Davidson, author of Cataract City and The Saturday Night Ghost Club

"The gods of literature, who have so much love for Ireland, are sweet on Kevin Barry." -Richard Beard

"There's plenty of sex, drugs, death and magic in Night Boat to Tangier, but above all it is a biting, black comedy of manners, driven by the profane dance of gangster etiquette." -Colin Barrett
"A bloody mighty novel. It's audacious, but also it's Kevin Barry at his most tender. The novel carries a beautiful, mournful undertow to it, which is particularly affecting in a book so heavy with old myth and new poetry. May he keep twisting literature forever." -Lisa McInerney

"Kevin Barry's third novel is booze-soaked and lovelorn. It is also intensely televisual, with beat-perfect dialogue and the diamond-grade schlock of an HBO script. . . . Night Boat to Tangier is a darkly heady mood, thick enough and sweet enough to drink." -The List (Scotland)
Biographical NoteKEVIN BARRY is the author of the highly acclaimed novels City of Bohane and Beatlebone as well as the short story collections, Dark Lies the Island and There Are Little Kingdoms. He was awarded the Rooney Prize in 2007 and won the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award in 2012. For City of Bohane, he was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and the Irish Book Award, and won the Author's Club Best First Novel Prize, the European Union Prize for Literature, and the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His short fiction appears regularly in The New Yorker and elsewhere. He lives in County Sligo in Ireland, but has spent significant time in Canada, both in Toronto and Montreal (where his wife has family).