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Told with gripping intensity, It Would be Night in Caracas chronicles one woman’s desperate battle to survive amid the dangerous, sometimes deadly, turbulence of modern Venezuela and the lengths she must go to secure her future.

In Caracas, Venezuela, Adelaida Falcon stands over an open grave. Alone, except for harried undertakers, she buries her mother–the only family
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by HarperVia (first published March 7th 2019)
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Mischenko
Oct 09, 2019 rated it liked it
It Would Be Night in Caracas is a story about a woman named Adelaida who struggles living in Venezuela during turbulent times of uprising and violence. She’s just experienced a death in the family, and as time moves forward she eventually loses her home. It’s a nightmare, and now she has no choice but to make a difficult decision for her survival.

This book is harrowing and frightening at times; it’s not for the faint of heart. I thought in my mind repeatedly throughout the story: who could live
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Paige
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cultural
Grieving over the recent loss of her mother, Adelaida struggles to persevere amid revolution in Venezuela. While alone and desperate, she is forced to make a harrowing decision in order to ensure her own safety.

In my opinion, this story can best be described as monotonous. The blurb misled me to believe it would be a penetrating page turner, but the story itself was underdeveloped. It said there would be twists and turns, but I couldn’t find them. Yes, there was looting and raids. Yes, it was
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Meike
Oct 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read, venezuela
Literature from Venezuela, now also available in English: It Would Be Night in Caracas

This is a book about defeat, a study of resignation: It declares Venezuela to be doomed, a collapsed state in free fall, where people dig up fresh bodies to rob the things the deceased might have been buried with, where protesters are incarcerated in underground caves where they are viciously beaten and raped with guns, where people die because hyper-inflation makes it impossible to afford medication. The
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Lou
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
It Would Be Night in Caracas is a moving and intensely gripping debut novel from critically-acclaimed Latin-American author Karina Sainz Borgo. It simultaneously tells the story of a woman and a country, both of whom are falling apart at the seams. It's a genuinely challenging book to read because of this but it has an important and eerily compelling tale to tell all the same. When it begins, the times in which it is set flit around in a disorienting manner, but this was almost certainly Borgo's ...more
Viral
Jun 07, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book from HarperVia, an imprint of HarperCollins, at BEA 2019.

When I got this book, I was instantly skeptical. Anything published by a mainstream publisher in the U.S. about Venezuela makes me skeptical. When I saw the book, from a relatively unknown author, has been republished in TWENTY-TWO LANGUAGES, when it doesn't come out till OCTOBER in the U.S. gave away exactly what this book is: bourgeois propaganda designed to endear American audiences so they pressure their
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Andy Z.
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a galley at a BEA giveaway.

I normally don’t write long reviews of a book, but felt a bit compelled since I’m seeing some factual inaccuracies in one of the other reviews here.

Borgo is tackling many difficult topics at a tumultuous time: she is a Venezuelan writing about Venezuela. So, of course this will be controversial. However, this isn’t a book about taking down socialism or blaming Chavez and Maduro for everything. In fact, the words “Chavez” or “Maduro” are never once used in
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Silvia Moreno-Garcia
In Caracas, Venezuela, Adelaida Falcón has just buried her mother, a process that is made even more difficult by the explosive violence and scarcity gripping her country. People are routinely arrested and tortured, supermarket shelves are empty, the black market flourishes selling anything from medication to sanitary napkins, and blackouts are a regular occurrence. When thugs take over Adelaida's home, she discovers her neighbor dead in the apartment next door. If she can impersonate the ...more
Andy Weston
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Numb with grief after the death of her mother, Adelaida Falcon returns to the apartment they shared just as looters, masquerading as revolutionaries, enter the building and violently take possession of her property. This is a powerful ‘life during wartime’ story told with gripping intensity that gives a very real depiction of the dangerous turbulence in modern day Caracas.
There are some clever twists as the novel gathers pace, most of all at the end as Borgo sends her protagonist on into an
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Sarah-Hope
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
Initially, this book felt chaotic, but I realized not too far in that the chaos was an essential part of the story. Life in Venezuela as depicted here is unpredictable, capricious, and dangerous. The narrative does take shape clearly as the novel progresses, the structure loses its chaos—though chaos in Venezuela continues.

Reading this book left me aware of how little I know, even though I am someone who pays attention to the world and events around me. The narrator, who is an "ordinary" woman
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Jackie Law
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Death takes place in language first, in that act of wrenching subjects from the present and planting them in the past.”

It Would Be Night In Caracus, by Karina Sainz Borgo (translated by Elizabeth Bryer), opens with the narrator burying her mother. The two women had lived together in an apartment in Caracus, a city being torn apart by competing revolutionaries intent on consolidating their power. Followers of the various factions vie to instil fear through deadly violence while others amass
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Vicki (MyArmchairAdventures)
IT WOULD BE NIGHT IN CARACAS was originally published in Venezuela and recently translated to English for mass distribution in US. Having recently read FRUIT OF THE DRUNKEN TREE, I saw several parallels even though the books take place decades apart. Which, if IT WOULD BE NIGHT IN CARACAS is an accurate presentation of life in the politically divided country, tells me that not much has changed or been resolved in South America. Both books portray countries run by groups other than the elected ...more
Kiriana
Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it
I found this book very very challenging to read at first. It is very allegorical and the pace was always sprinting for one chapter then halting the next. However by half way I was glad to have stuck it out because it was a really heartbreaking story about identity and how interweaved identity is with your country.

To see the main character’s country of Venezuela break her through her personal and violent and gory and incredibly sad trials she faced made it hard to read at many points.

There was
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Tripfiction
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Novel set in VENEZUELA


Venezuela is disintegrating. The rule of law has long disappeared and nobody is safe. Tear gas rains down on the streets.

Adelaida Falcon has just buried her mother, and returns home alone to the Caracas apartment they shared. But it’s not long before looters, masquerading as revolutionaries, knock on Adelaida’s door and commandeer the property for their nefarious activities.

Adelaida dares to challenge their odious leader, La Mariscala, and pays a price:

‘I looked at the
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Ulla
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Beautifully written, beautifully narrated. The story, of course, is shocking!
Jamie
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It Would Be Night in Caracas is a timely novel, taking place in present day Venezuela, a country that has been in the news for the large number of protests going on in the country. Being a foreigner I didn’t have a deeper understanding of the conflict and why the protects were going on, but reading this book prompted me to start doing research in order to understand the context around the events of the novel. For this reason, I think that this novel was good, it helps shed light on what is going ...more
Jenni
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm rather surprised to see such mixed reviews as I found this quite amazing. I admit I only picked it up because I know nothing about Venezuelan literature and wanted a glimpse into what is going on there.

Adelaida grieves her dead mother while her country is in chaos. Yes, the blurb might make you think this is a thrilling page turner of a survival story. It's not, but it manages to capture the essence of survival really well. Staying quiet, looking out for yourself, doing whatever is
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Jypsy
Nov 08, 2019 marked it as to-read
Thank you NetGalley for an advanced copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

It Would Be Night In Caracas
By: Karina Sainz Borgo

*REVIEW*
It Would Be Night In Caracas was not what I expected. Adelaide has just buried her mother, and she is, essentially, alone in the world now. The story details the corruption, violence, upheaval and chaos occurring in Venezuela. These issues are relevant and extremely important, and I'm glad the author addresses them. She spares
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Gladys Lopez
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is easy to read, but difficult to digest. As a Latinamerican, who lives abroad and sees from far the issues that home country faces, is scary... and putting aside the comment of “you don’t live here anymore, you should not give opinion” I’ll share what this book evoked on me.
Latinos are strong people, collective, caring and good hearted. But the lack of equality and education in our countries make us live in bubbles and those bubbles might lead to increase the socioeconomic gap and
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Marie (UK)
I received an ARC copy of this book via net galley. There is a certain beauty to the writing which is very descriptive and evokes the time and place really well. There is however something missing from the way those words build a plot line that i could really get into. It moved between time periods, often without clarity and this made it difficult to enjoy as a whole. There were also pages of untranslated songs or poems which the English speaker must simply turn over. Whilst i see that these may ...more
Jools.Reads
I'm just going to recommend this book to everyone from now on.
Read it! It's gritty and dark, sad and tragic, it will make you THINK and it will stay with you for a while after you've finished it. It's one of THOSE books.


miss.mesmerized mesmerized
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Adelaida Falcón has just buried her beloved mother and finds herself completely on her own, when not just her own life but the lives of all inhabitants of her hometown of Caracas crumble. Outside, protesters fight, looters take everything they can and leaving the apartment surely means an immediate death. When her small world is invaded, too, she tries to fight, but in vain, she not only has nobody to turn to anymore but also has to consider herself homeless. The fight for her life makes her do ...more
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Sometimes a novel comes along which floors you with its language, subject matter and voice. This is a novel about loss. Loss of a country, the death of a country you love as it slides into lawlessness and a woman faced with a life changing choice.

The novel takes place in Caracas, Venezuela and the city is enmeshed in a power struggle like never before. Anarchy rules the streets, political unrest controls every part of life. The country is sliding into abyss and
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Aaron Mcquiston
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"It Would Be Night in Caracas" starts with a simple plot: a single woman is burying her mother. She goes back to the apartment that they shared and starts to deal with the process of grief. The problem is that she lives in Caracas, Venezuela, and it is quickly apparent that every day there is one filled with danger. From vigilante groups ran by the government, vigilante groups fighting against the government groups, money that is not worth the paper it is printed on, food shortages, and a ...more
Hallie Szott
2.5

Karina Sainz Borgo’s It Would Be Night in Caracas follows Adelaida Falcón and the experience she has in the tumult and volatility of Venezuela. Hers is a story of survival amidst chaos, and it is not without disturbing, heartbreaking moments.

From the moment I learned of Borgo’s novel, I was intrigued. I know very little of Venezuela’s history and could not wait to see what I would pick up from It Would Be Night in Caracas. However, as I began reading, I soon realized the story itself was not
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Luna Bookish
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-won, fiction
I received a copy of this novel from BookCon 2019 for free from the publisher.

This was such a powerful read. It was raw, it was powerful, and it told a very important story. It is filled with heart breaking content, it was an emotional roller coaster. I was sad, angry, and outraged so many times while reading this. The story is really one that needs to be shared because so many people around the world live in these conditions, whether it would be one aspects of the story or all.

The writing
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Rubi
Jan 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Moving novel that depicts the violence, loneliness and frustration lived by a woman who has to face some horrifying decisions after the passing of her mother. There is some poetic and powerful writing within the novel which makes it beautiful and heart-rendering at the same time.
Beverly
This was a 3.5 read for me.

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Never Without a Book
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I honestly don’t know how to even start to describe how this book broke me emotionally. Set in the middle of a political war in Venezuela, Adelaida Falcónjust is saying goodbye to the only family member she has known, her mother whom lost her battle to cancer. Completely broken Adelaida returns to her apartment and tapes shut her windows to prevent the tear gas raining down on protesters in the streets from seeping in. Wait, it gets worse.

Adelaida apartment is then taken over by looters
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Cynthia
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book, highly recommended. Set in Caracas, Venezuela, a woman tries to survive as the city descends into chaos. She has just buried her mother and is truly alone. When she goes out to try to find a neighbor, she returns to find that a group of female thugs have taken over her apartment. Crime, hunger, and violence are everywhere.

A gripping, riveting read. I couldn't put it down. It's an important book to read as well. I really didn't understand the level of crime and violence in
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Kirja Vieköön!
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The Daughter of a Spanish Woman by the Venezuelan Karin Sainz Borgo was published in March 2019, but the rights have already been sold to over 20 countries, also to Bonniers Sweden.

This was an impressive & furious novel telling about the life in Venezuela and Caracas, a city and country in a state of war. Although fiction, I think the novel describes the violence in which the country has drifted. A strong & great novel. If you don’t read in Spanish, soon there shall be translations
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Venezuelan journalist and writer based in Madrid, Spain. Her first novel It would be night in Caracas was translated into 26 languages
“Todas vestían el uniforme de las milicias civiles: una camiseta roja. Parecían haber dado con el lote de la talla más pequeña. Los vaqueros ajustados resaltaban sus piernas gruesas, rematadas con unos pies elefantiásicos calzados con chancletas de plástico.” 0 likes
“A primeira morte acontece na linguagem, nesse acto de arrancar os sujeitos do presente para os fixar no passado. Transformá-los em acções acabadas. Coisas que começaram e acabaram num tempo extinto. Aquilo que foi e não voltará a ser.” 0 likes
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