International Dublin Literary Award-winning novelist and New Yorker published short story writer Kevin Barry, author of the acclaimed books Beatlebone and City of Bohane, returns this fall with the highly anticipated NIGHT BOAT TO TANGIER: A Novel (Doubleday; September 17, 2019; $25.95) — a darkly humorous Irish saga of violence and romance, mutual betrayals and serial exiles.
October 23rd, 2018. It’s late one night in the waiting room at the sketchy Spanish port of Algeciras. Two fading Irish gangsters, Maurice Hearne and Charlie Redmond, are waiting for the boat from Tangier, scanning the crowds who come and go across the Strait of Gibraltar. A lover has been lost, a daughter has gone missing — decamped to the neo-hippy trail in Europe and North Africa — and their world has come asunder. Can it be put together again?
Featuring bad guys specializing in a patter full of cryptic dialogue and oblique genial danger, Night Boat To Tangier is a novel drenched in sex and death and narcotics, in sudden violence and old magic, but it is obsessed, above all, with the mysteries of love. Both mordant and hilarious, lyrical yet laden with menace, it is a tragicomic masterpiece about an extraordinary journey back in time and the memories of a shared history from a writer widely acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic as one of the most brilliant stylists now at work in the English language.
Praise for Night Boat to Tangier:
“In this gifted Irish writer’s muscular, magical, and often salty prose, several lives take shape as two older men look for a young woman in a ferry terminal … Barry adds an exceptional chapter to the literary history of a country that inspires cruelty and comedy and uncommon writing.”
—Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
“Barry is a writer of the first rate, and his prose is at turns lean and lyrical, but always precise … As far as bleak Irish fiction goes, this is black tar heroin.”
“A blackly comic journey into the abyss … Beautifully written … Barry is a clairvoyant narrator of the male psyche and a consistent lyrical visionary … What distinguishes this book beyond its humour, terror and beauty of description is its moral perception … It is a plunging spiritual immersion into the parlous souls of wrongful men.”
“In this latest novel, the Irish writer has almost invented a new genre, a fascinating hybrid of poetry, prose and drama … Mesmeric, exquisite … Night Boat to Tangier draws on the terrific vernacular energy in Irish English that is animating the best of Irish writing at present … This is a remarkably achieved novel which shows a writer in full command of the possibilities of the form.”
—The Irish Times
“Captures male friendship with rare brilliance … The pair's vaudevillian patter, dancing back and forth with an irrepressibly buoyant Irish rhythm, reminds you of Didi and Gogo in Beckett's Waiting for Godot, while their gleefully ominous threats of violence bristle off the page in a way that recalls Harold Pinter or Martin McDonagh … Startlingly good.”