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La noche de los tiempos

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  248 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Octubre de 1936. El arquitecto espanol Ignacio Abel llega a la estacion de Pennsylvania, ultima etapa de un largo viaje desde que escapo de Espana, via Francia, dejando atras a su esposa e hijos, incomunicados tras uno de los multiples frentes de un pais ya quebrado por la guerra. Durante el viaje recuerda la historia de amor clandestino con la mujer de su vida y la crispa ...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
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
"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
Molina has written a masterpiece novel of span civil war time leading from the dictatorships, and into wwii and the new span dictatorship of good ol’ franco. This story starts out with span architect in nyc, meeting his lover, but he lets us know matter of factly that he is also married. So from the beginner the reader is wrong footed with moral questions, then on it goes with 600+ pages of moral ambiguity, sketchy narrators and motivations. Super loooong paragraphs (some pages and pages, review ...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
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
I picked this book up on recommendation that it was a good companion to Orwell's Homage to Catalonia. This is a 641 page whopper. It did contain some good, nuanced information on the experience of Madrid before and during the Spanish Civil War. If that is what you are reading the book for you will have to be very patient because it is only included from 1/3 to 1/2 the way through forward. The majority of the novel is the story of a married architect, Ignacio Abel, and his obsession with a young ...more
Paul Fulcher
"He knows now that personal identity is too fragile a tower to stand on its own without witnesses to certify it or glances to acknowledge it. The memories of what matters to him most are as distant as if they belonged to another man. The face in the passport is almost a stranger's; the one he is used to seeing now in the mirror, Judith Biely [his lover] or his children would not recognise. In Madrid he saw the faces of people he thought he knew well transformed overnight into the faces of execut ...more
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.

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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
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
Tony Nielsen
Because of what happened between 1939 and 1945 in the Second World War, the brutal Civil War in Spain in the mid 1930's is often overlooked, some say forgotten. Antonio Munoz Molina's novel In the Night of Time is fiercely intense as it addresses the lives of those who fought on either side of the Spanish Civil War, and of those who chose to leave their country of birth behind and watch the to and fro between the Republicans and their enemies from a safe haven. Ignacio Abel is the story teller, ...more
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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
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.
This novel is a good example of the difference between competence and greatness. It is a well accomplished work, but it is not great. Technique is conventional, voice all knowing, and there is very little new psychological or literary insight. But, it keeps you reading. That's a feat.

The trope is tried and true: a train journey during which the protagonist remembers things past. He gets on the train in New York City on page 20 or so, and gets off somewhere in upstate New York, around page 480. I
Bajo esta reflexión sobre la memoria, el pasado y los caminos bien (y mal) tomados, subyace la memoria borrosa y, al mismo tiempo, imborrable de los comienzos de la Guerra Civil española. En su técnica narrativa, la novela de Muñoz Molina se acerca a a Proust y a Henry James, con toques de Ford Maddox Ford e incluso James Joyce en representación del mundo interior de su protagonista ; Clarín y la novela del fin de siglo española se dibujan en la amplitud y profundidad del mundo social asfixiante ...more
This was a tough book for me - although I've read and loved Sepharid by the same author and am very interested in the Spanish civil war (the time in which this book takes place). Book is 630 pages long; until page 300 I was not sure I would finish it. (Not the greatest recommendation, I know.) But then - I loved it and couldn't put it down. A Spanish, very successful, architect, married with two children, falls madly in love with an American woman. In Madrid, shortly before the Civil War begins. ...more
Michael Flick
An extraordinary book, one of the very best novels I’ve ever read: The author searches for a lost time, Spain 80 years ago, their Civil War. He does this in a close examination of an architect, his American lover, his matronly wife and her idiotic brother, his children, and figures real (Negrín, Moreno Villa, Bergamín, Azaña, and others) and imagined, all richly conceptualized and complex. Astounding detail: sights, sounds, smells: you’re there. Luxurious. Above all, the fluidity of time; all ti ...more
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
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
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
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
The following was originally posted at my blog,

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 was
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
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
Although my book group was very enthusiastic about tis book, I felt its 600+ page length could (and should) have been edited by a third. Paragraphs that run three pages often failed to keep my attention, and none of the characters were particularly sympathetic. The last 100 pages were a great improvement but before that point I often wanted to give up.
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.
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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
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