In memory of my brother Rick who passed away on August 9, I’d like to share this review he wrote for my blog, originally published in 2016.
Title: In the Night of Time
Author: Antonio Muňoz Molina
Genre: Historical Fiction
What’s it about? The outset of the Spanish Civil War, as seen through the eyes and experiences of a married, middle-aged architect with 2 children, and his affair with a younger American woman. By the end of the story, Spain is mired in senseless violence and the main character has escaped to New York alone, with his estranged wife and children remaining somewhere in Spain, the affair ended and the future uncertain.
How did you hear about it? Several “best of” book lists. The book has received many favorable reviews.
Closing comments: Rich with detailed descriptions, the book is highly effective in conveying through small incidents, minor characters and specific observations a depressing impression of the Republic, the Nationalists, their respective supporters and an entire people and nation sinking into an abyss, while at the same time telling an ambiguous story of a man expanding his personal experience while betraying his wife and children. The book is beautifully translated from Spanish by Edith Grossman.
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