La noche de los tiempos
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La noche de los tiempos

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From the author of Sepharad comes an internationally best-selling novel set against the tumultuous events that led to the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War.

October 1936. Spanish architect Ignacio Abel arrives at Penn Station, the final stop on his journey from war-torn Madrid, where he has left behind his wife and children, abandoning them to uncertainty. Crossing the frag...more
Paperback, 958 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Seix Barral (first published 2009)
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Carmen Daza Márquez
Lo que diferencia una novela buena de una novela genial, es que las novelas geniales, las que hacen época, son un mundo en sí mismas. Obras como "La Regenta", "Cien años de soledad", "La casa verde" esconden entre sus páginas un mundo propio, único, basado o no en la realidad que da igual: abrir sus páginas es parar el reloj de tu vida para sumergirte en la vida de Ana Orozco, Aureliano Buendía o el sargento Lituma, quienes a partir de entonces son seres con una identidad tan real como las perso...more
"A love story set against the background of the Spanish Civil War" describes this novel, but does not begin to do it justice. It's about memory, time, exile, obsession and betrayal; it is so beautifully written (and translated) as to be, at times, breathtaking. The author's control of the narrative and his deep feeling for his characters are remarkable: the protagonist is weak and selfish at times, yet I never lost sympathy for him (I lost patience at times, but never sympathy), even though his...more
Michael Berman
One of the most amazing novels I've ever read. I don't have it in me (nor do I think that I really have the skills) to write a review that does justice to the book; I feel that anything I say will sound flat and cliched. That said, this is a story of love, loss and betrayal set as the Spanish Civil War is reaching a crescendo. The story travels back and forth over a period of several months, much of it told internally. We follow Ignacio Abel, architect, father, socialist, refugee, as he reflects...more
This is a provisional review as I have finished the Spanish language edition and this is a novel that frankly is more sophisticated than my Spanish abilities, so i really need to read the English translation later in the year when it will be published for a full picture and assessment

What I can say though is the following - extraordinary narrative power but the content did not fully satisfy me as it veers way too much into the over-intellectualizing of romantic angst and the book spends tons of...more
Washington Post
The logic is obvious, hardly fresh ground for a story. Since time immemorial — from Homer to Hemingway — writers have conjured forbidden love in faraway fields of war. What distinguishes “In the Night of Time” — what makes it eye-openingly new — is its meticulous reconstruction of Spain in 1936, its attention to detail, its fusion of history and imagination, its tension between love’s surrender and war’s stiff resolve. Let me put it this way: Antonio Muñoz Molina’s novel is one of the most eloqu...more
Een boek met een bijna Bijbelse naam van ook Bijbelse afmetingen. Maar boeiend tot aan het eind. Het is het verhaal van een liefdesgeschiedenis tegen het decor van de - beginnende - Spaanse Burgeroorlog. De ongewone benadering van het verhaal, de hoofdpersonen herinneren zich de gebeurtenissen op het tijdstip, dat alles bijna voorbij is, werkt heel goed, maar vergt wel de nodige oplettendheid, omdat het verhaal regelmatig in de tijd verspringt.
Wat mij vooral opviel in dit boek is het feit, dat...more
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Edith Grossman is the translator of Antonio Munoz Molina’s “In The Night Of Time” and it’s not often that you have the cover spruiking the translator in similar sized font to the author. For this work she would have needed the patience of a saint, this is one serious tome of a novel, besides running to 641 pages it is large in shape, the paragraphs run for pages on end and therefore each page is wall to wall text. So if you’re not into a long slow challenge then this is not a novel for you.

Our s...more
Marie Arana, author of the terrific Bolivar biography and Washington Post book reviewer, called this book "one of the most eloquent monuments to the Spanish Civil War ever to be raised in fiction." With a recommendation like that, and a general fuzziness about the various combatants of the conflict on my part, I eagerly plunged in. 630 dense pages later, I have to agree that it is an impressive, important book. I am still a little fuzzy about the various combatants, but I have been swept along w...more
Jun 15, 2014 Richard rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in an extraordinary reading experience
Recommended to Richard by: some review; though I have three other of Munoz Molina's books, this is the first I've read
I read Grossman's English translation.

This book is exceptional though the translation, I understand, omits some parts of the narrative.

My own interest develops around the Spanish Civil War which has fascinated me for years, the adulterous affair ta the center of the narrative, the use of memory to reconstitute the moments and events past like REMEMBRANCE, CLEA, HOPSCOTCH, the descriptions of the chaotic events of the fall of 1935 in Madrid, and the intrusion of the author in the narrative, outsi...more
Acercamiento intimista a la tragedia de la Guerra Civil.
Como en ocasiones anteriores, la excesiva verbosidad y la falta de moderación del autor ahoga una buena historia, haciendo que la lectura se convierta en un esfuerzo, en lugar de enganchar al lector: párrafos interminables, estructura enrevesada con constantes saltos en la línea temporal...
Podría haber sido una gran novela. En otra ocasión será.
Un chef d'oeuvre. La guerre d'Espagne vécu de l'intérieur, décrite dans une histoire à peine romancée, le plongement dans la solitude et l'ère du temps avec ses lenteurs (appuyées par les répétitions des pensées de personnage) et ses précipitations.

A lire pour tous ceux qui s'intéressent un temps soit peu à l'Espagne et cette période noire des années 36
Anna Maria Ballester Bohn
I'm loving the familiar setting of Madrid, the feeling that I could walk around with the book open and follow Ignacio Abel and Judith Biely on their illicit escapades; I also recognize a lot of the characters in myself or the people I know, and not only the nice parts. It does get a bit long sometimes, but it's worth every minute.
Antonio Munoz Molina's In the Night of Time is the story of a love affair between a successful, married, middle-aged Spanish architect and a young, beautiful, intelligent American woman. The affair is intense, passionate and destructive. It is an astonishingly gripping tale with a nervous intensity that propels the two characters into situations they did not expect. The book is exceedingly well written, obvious even in translation, and intricately plotted. Molina is a stylist par excellence. He...more
What an astonishing book. The structure, the prose style, and especially the setting and characters are created with impeccable skill. I am completely swept up, and now I've paused at a suspenseful moment on page 625 with only a few more pages until the end, in order not to have to part with it quite yet. Molina's novel unfolds like an origami ball, with many different entry points, moving forward and back over time, repeating scenes with new layers revealed, growing ever closer to the central m...more
Oct 11, 2013 Belen added it
Bueno. .Bueno

Podría decir que es la mejor novela que he leído en mi vida pero no la recomendaría a nadie. ¿Por qué esa extraña contradición?

difícil cuestión es. (Entrando en modo Yoda)

Porque no creo jamás haberleido una novela que reflera tanto mi pensamiento. Sobre todo mi pensamiento pesimista pero sincero interior como lo que he leído en esta.
Claro que eso no significaría que tuviera que ser buena novela. Podría ocurrir que una novela rosa a alguien le parezca que revela sus más intimos pens...more
It's a big dense book, not a quick or easy read, but it is well worth the time and effort. The story of Ignacio Abel, a successful Madrid architect, is the prism through which the nightmare of the Spanish Civil War is reflected.

Abel is nominally a Socialist, but more apolitical than not, and a secularist, at a time when being either of those things is both difficult and dangerous.

The only child of a brick mason and a concierge, he applied himself to the education that his struggling parents made...more
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I was approved of an ARC of this title from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

(DNF Review) I started reading this novel sometime last week and it started off nicely; there wasn't much dialogue but there were some lines here and there that I really liked, I thought they were beautiful. After two - three chapters, I started wondering what was going on, where wa...more
Antonio Muñoz Molina es uno de los pocos autores a los que sigo fielmente, he leído casi todas sus novelas, y cuando elaboré algunos materiales para el curso L204 de la OU, elegí pasajes de Sefarad para hablar de los textos descriptivos. Incluso me gusta su estilo tan parsimonioso, basado en las variaciones y repiticiones, al modo de Philip Roth, el autor al que tanto admira.
Aquí Muñoz Molina nos presenta su "novela de la guerra civil española", contándonos cómo la vivió la "tercera España", aqu...more
A revolutionary guardsman deems Ignacio Abel, the protagonist of Antonio Muñoz Molina's "In the Night of Time," a gentleman with a union card."

Civil wars often divide countries. Spain's sliced Iberia into a series of mind states, intellectual positions and moral prerogatives that deposited a prismatic understanding of those traumatic events in history's hopper.

How you understand the conflict depends very much on who is telling the story, a devout Catholic or Falangist, a millenarian anarchist, a...more
Wonderful, slow moving memory poem, where events unfurl in pieces and only gradually for together. The descriptions of the Spanish Civil War are harrowing but also oddly, hallucinogenically beautiful. I didn't really buy the ending but it was lovely even if not wholly believable. Read this in English not Spanish which is all that Goodreads has.
Peter Van
Na het lezen van Maanstorm van deze schrijver was ik heel benieuwd naar dit boek wat zijn meesterwerk zou moeten zijn. Na iets meer dan 200 pagina's gelezen te hebben ben ik gestopt. Mooie schrijfstijl, inderdaad, maar het liefdesverhaal is veel te dun om dit boek bij elkaar te houden. De bespiegelingen over architectuur vind ik interessant maar zodra het over het persoonlijke leven van de hoofdpersonen gaat komt Molina niet verder dan gemeenplaatsen. Over zijn kinderen: "[hij] ontdekt dat zij h...more
Kay Egan
It's well-written but a bit ponderous. I now understand more than I did about the Spanish civil war and why Franco was able to ally Spain with Hitler, but the story of Ignacio Abel, which some have compared to Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls, is a tad boring. Likewise his affair Judith Biely, a stand-in for pacifism. Munoz is a good story teller but not gripping.
Karen Harrison
English translation--In the night of time
Una de las mejores obras que he leído en los últimos años. Imprescindible.
Jennifer Sánchez
Una lástima que un señor que escribe tan bien me haya transmitido tan poco en esta historia.
Sara Van de Vijver
Op basis van de inhoud had ik veel verwacht van dit boek, maar wat een afknapper. Ik heb me echt door het boek moeten worstelen en als je bedenkt dat dit best een dik boek is, was dit een hele gave. Achteraf bekeken vraag ik me af waarom ik niet ben gestopt halverwege. Een zeer bombastische, zware schrijfstijl die me absoluut niet ligt.
Gelezen in het NL (De nacht der tijden).
Magistrale roman over een liefdesgeschiedenis met op de achtergrond de Spaanse burgeroorlog. Al komt die oorlog behoorlijk op de "voorgrond". Met stilistisch rijke volzinnen trekt de auteur ons in zijn verhaal en krijg je een prachtig gestoffeerd beeld van Spanje op het einde van de jaren dertig van de vorige eeuw!
Santiago Cepas
Libro exigente, pero que recompensa el esfuerzo del lector con una prosa hipnótica y sugerente y una gráfica visión de los preámbulos de la Guerra Civil tan real e impactante que cuesta trabajo entender que haya sido escrita por alguien que no padeció aquellos trágicos años.
Renee Michele
Interesting tale on the contradictions of the Spanish Civil War. The hero is flawed and perhaps this allows for the characters to be painted in shades of grey rather than in black and white.
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Antonio Muñoz Molina is a Spanish writer and, since 8 June 1995, a full member of the Royal Spanish Academy. He currently resides in New York City, United States. In 2004-2005 he served as the director of the Instituto Cervantes of New York.
He was born in the town of Úbeda in Jaén province.
He studied art history at the University of Granada and journalism in Madrid. He began writing in the 1980s a...more
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