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    DescriptionRichard Garay lives alone with his mother, hiding his sexuality from her and from those around him. Stifled by a job he despises, he finds himself willing to take considerable risks. Set in Argentina in a time of great change, The Story of the Night is a powerful and moving novel about a man who, as the Falklands War is fought and lost, finds his own way to emerge into the world. The Story of the Night is, in the end, a love story of the most serious and difficult kind. Toibin has told it with profound artistry and truth' Tobias Wolff Nobody before Toibin has made such honesty stand so clearly for political and personal integrity ...In each of his first three novels he has invented a strong central character but Garay is by far his most memorable' Edmund White, Sunday Times A remarkable achievement ...The ease, the fluidity, the economy, the precision of Toibin's masterly prose make this novel sheer pleasure to read' Norman Thomas di Giovanni, The Times


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    Title
    The Story of the Night
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Colm Toibin
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 211 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780330340182
    ISBN 10: 0330340182
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 823.914
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    LC subject heading:
    Libri: B-236
    LC subject heading:
    Libri: B-232
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    BIC reading level and special interest qualifier V2: 5SG
    BIC E4L: GAY
    Libri: B-442
    LC subject heading:
    Libri: B-555
    BIC subject category V2: 5SG
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000, FIC011000
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    Publisher
    Pan MacMillan
    Imprint name
    PICADOR
    Publication date
    05 September 1997
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Colm Toibin was born in Ireland in 1955. He is the author of The South, The Heather Blazing, The Blackwater Lightship and most recently The Master, which was shortlisted for the 2004 Man Booker Prize. His non-fiction includes Bad Blood, Homage to Barcelona and The Sign of the Cross. His work has been translated into seventeen languages. He lives in Dublin.
    Review quote
    "An impressive, beautifully modulated, affecting book."-- Jeffrey Eugenides, author of "Middlesex"
    Review text
    The central character of this novel is Richard Garay, a lonely gay man who grows up in relative isolation with his ageing British mother and then lives alone in her crumpling downtown apartment in Buenos Aires. Richard comes of age under Argentina's military dictatorship and his self-repression mirrors the nation's self-imposed blindness to the darkness of military rule. Richard is a man who sees no evil, hears no evil, speaks no evil. But the death of his mother, the Falklands War and Argentina's tentative return to democracy set in train Richard's slow awakening to life and love. He leaves his dull, dead-end job as an English teacher and becomes involved with two American 'diplomats' - read CIA agents - who have arrived in Argentina to protect the interest of the United States. Richard sees nothing wrong with promoting US economic and political interest, and takes on a new identity to fit in with his new employers and the American moneymen they aid. All this change and upheaval Richard conveys to the reader in a matter of fact, dispassionate way. Toibin's prose is exact and economical, describing everything in a cool, uncompromising manner. It is not until Richard comes involved with Pablo Canetto, the younger son of a wealthy family he has been acquainted with for years, that his heart is caught and he grows tired of all the lies in his life. But tragedy awaits, and there is no fairy-tale ending for Richard and Pablo. This is a subtle, understated and beautifully written novel with a protagonist who is not always likeable but who holds our attention to the end. (Kirkus UK)