THE IRISH TOP TEN BESTSELLER. The new novel, drenched in sex, death and narcotics, in sudden violence, old magic and the mysteries of love, from the winner of the IMPAC Award and the Goldsmiths Prize
‘A true wonder’ Max Porter
‘A blackly comic journey into the abyss’ Guardian
‘Read this wonder of a novel’ Jon McGregor
‘A masterpiece delivered by a glittering talent at the peak of his powers’ Big Issue
It’s late one night at the Spanish port of Algeciras and two fading Irish gangsters are waiting on the boat from Tangier. A lover has been lost, a daughter has gone missing, their world has come asunder – can it be put together again?
Night Boat to Tangier is a novel drenched in sex and death and narcotics, in sudden violence and old magic. But above all, it is a book obsessed with the mysteries of love. A tragicomic masterwork from the award-winning Kevin Barry, Night Boat to Tangier is a work of melancholy beauty, wit and lyrical brilliance.
“A blackly comic journey into the abyss … Beautifully written … Barry is a clarvoyant 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”
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“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”
“It’s a Kevin Barry novel, so the brilliance is expected; everything else is a brilliant surprise”
“The novel 2019 has been waiting for – a masterpiece delivered by a glittering talent at the peak of his powers. It leaves the rest of the class looking somewhat underpowered and unambitious, perhaps even a bit shop-worn … If Beatlebone was his breakout work, Night Boat to Tangier should cement the Irishman’s place among the literary elite”
“If prose were gold and diamonds there’d be thousands of hell-bent prospectors heading for the Black Hills of Kevin Barry’s glistening, sparkling novel”
Kevin Barry is the author of the novels Beatlebone and City of Bohane and the story collections Dark Lies the Island and There Are Little Kingdoms. His awards include the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Goldsmiths Prize, the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize and the Lannan Foundation Literary Award. His stories and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, Granta and elsewhere. He also works as a playwright and screenwriter, and he lives in County Sligo, Ireland.