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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  4,864 ratings  ·  733 reviews
Adelaida Falcón, una maestra caraqueña, fallece tras una larga enfermedad. Su hija Adelaida, de treinta y ocho años, no tiene a nadie y vive en una ciudad donde la violencia marca el ritmo diario de la existencia. Poco tiempo después del entierro, encuentra su casa tomada por un grupo de mujeres a las órdenes de la Mariscala. Llama a la puerta de su vecina sin hallar respu ...more
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Published March 2019 by Lumen
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Oct 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Jim Fonseca
Stephen King would be hard-pressed to come up with a story more terrifying than this one because it’s based in reality.


Our story begins with a young woman, an editor who works online, whose mother has just died. She has used up most of her money buying her mother’s medication on the black market – the only way she could get it. She had no idea if they were real drugs on not, but what else can she do? Almost no one comes to the funeral – cemeteries are unsafe places. She worries that her mother’s
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 d
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
It took me a while to share my thoughts on It Would Be Night in Caracas.

This book is set in Venezuela during its revolution, and along with that, this is an important story because it put Venezuela back in my awareness. I was in college studying Spanish literature when Chavez assumed the presidency. If I hadn’t been in that particular class, I’m not sure I would have known this happened because I’ve heard very little about Venezuela since.

As far as the actual story, I enjoyed its emotional int
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
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 coun
Jenny (Reading Envy)
I'm trying to read books from the last few countries in my around the world project that I've been working on since 2012, and It Would Be Night in Caracas was recommended by several people for Venezuela.

The author is a journalist from Venezuela who relocated to Madrid, and the main character of the novel follows a similar path. The novel is so focused on her life and struggles without a lot of context so I had to do a lot of reading about Venezuela - its government, the poverty, the violence - i
Lou (nonfiction fiend)
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
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
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 neighbo ...more
Jun 07, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I finished the book in two sits, although my reading rhythm is really, really slow in Spanish, and the book has a higher degree of difficulty than I was used to when it comes to this language.

This novel is so sad, heart breaking, showcasing a desperate fight for survival. And the titles (in plural as I also consider the Romanian - La Caracas va fi mereu noapte, and the English one - It Would Be Night in Caracas, besides the Spanish one) are wonderfully chosen.

I could feel Adelaida's grief and pa
Nov 09, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review probably only makes sense with some personal background. All reviews are personal and subjective but I do think my enjoyment of this work was incredibly informed by who I am and my history. (Skip the next paragraph if you just want the review)

I am a born and raised Clevelander but my dad is from Venezuela, half my family lives in Maracaibo and until 2002 I got to visit every summer. I am not bilingual and my dad doesn't really share too much about our culture with me or my sibling bu
I dont know if I love or hate this book. It is written in a flowery style that can be annoying at times. It is a book that successfully illustrates the utter destruction of the richest South American country of 50 years ago. Adelaida Falcon, the main character, tells the story of many Venezuelans, the daily struggle to get food and the abuses of thugs who run the neighborhood. Although, the majority of educated and middle class Venezuelans have left the country, it is a notable fact that the "so ...more
Joy D
Protagonist Adelaida Falcón is living in Venezuela with her mother. Despite a shortage of food and medicine, she tries to care for her mother the best she can, procuring chemotherapy treatments on the black market. When her mother dies, she must fend for herself amidst civil unrest, violence, roving gangs, and lawlessness. She loses everything when her apartment is taken over by looters. Through the death of a neighbor, she finds an unexpected opportunity escape.

This story is based on the autho
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
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 i
Andy Weston
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: translated, venezuela
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 unp
Jackie Law
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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 pers
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 protests 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
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 of ...more
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
this got so deeply weird about fat people i cannot continue lmao
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 plat
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was fascinating, and some passages are absolutely beautifully written. As with any translation, the English changes many images and sometimes ideas are lost. The example that the translator points out is probably the best, as the image of giving birth is lost in replacing the original Spanish:

“Perhaps the sentence I spent the most time reworking was “Tan solo una letra separa «partir» de «parir».” (Just a single letter separates “to leave” from “to give birth.”) In the novel, Adelaida
Gladys Lopez
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 pu
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Beautifully written, beautifully narrated. The story, of course, is shocking!
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 necessar
Nov 08, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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 spa
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it

The writing is mostly good, despite some overexplaining. The plot is a bit thin. I can't judge how accurately it portrays the decline of Venezuela, but it does manage to transmit the feeling of fear and uncertainty that war causes.
Neydi DM
Aug 28, 2022 rated it did not like it

God, what an awful book! And not in the sense of what is happening in Venezuela (yes, recent history in Venezuela is horrible), but in the story told by the author and the way she tells it.

What a formidable way to ruin the opportunity to tell the world about the real situation that Venezuela has gone through. Who really knows the history of Venezuela will notice that the book ends up becoming almost an invented story. I finished it because I had to finish it but it was very difficult becaus
Hallie (Hallie Reads)

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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