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    Distributor: Random House, Inc. Availability: On Sale Date: Sep 17, 2019 Carton Quantity: 12 $32.00 CAD
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Night Boat to Tangier
A novel
By (author): Kevin Barry
9780345810663 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Literary Sep 17, 2019
$32.00 CAD
Active 5.22 x 7.76 x 1.02 in 272 pages Knopf Random Vintage Canada Knopf Canada
Booker Prize 2019, Long-listed Irish Novel of the Year 2019, Short-listed

From the acclaimed author of the international sensations City of Bohane and Beatlebone, a striking and gorgeous new novel of two aging criminals at the butt ends of their damage-filled careers. A superbly melancholic melody of a novel full of beautiful phrases and terrible men.

In the dark waiting room of the ferry terminal in the sketchy Spanish port of Algeciras, two fading Irish gangsters, Maurice Hearne and Charlie Redmond—longtime partners in the lucrative and dangerous enterprise of smuggling drugs—are waiting on the boat from Tangier, and none too patiently. It is October 23, 2018, and they are expecting Maurice’s estranged daughter (or is she?), Dilly, to either arrive on a boat coming from Tangier or depart on one heading there. This nocturnal vigil will initiate an extraordinary journey back in time to excavate their shared history of violence, romance, mutual betrayals and serial exiles.

Mordant and hilarious, lyrical yet laden with menace, Night Boat to Tangier is a tragicomic masterpiece rendered with the dark humour and the hardboiled Hibernian lyricism that have made multi award-winning writer Kevin Barry one of the most striking and admired fiction writers at work today.

Story Locale: Algeciras, Spain

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED AUTHOR: This is a tragicomic masterpiece from a multi award-winning writer widely acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic as one of the most brilliant stylists now at work in the language.

STRONG PUBLISHING PARTNERS: Scheduled to be Canongate’s lead fiction title for 2019, in North America, we’re publishing with our colleagues at Doubleday US.

CANADIAN CONNECTION: Although Kevin is part of a vivacious new wave of excellent writers coming out of Ireland, he has spent significant time in Canada, both in Toronto and Montreal (where his wife has family).

KEVIN BARRY is the author of the highly acclaimed novels City of Bohane and Beatlebone as well as the short story collections, Dark Lies the Island and There Are Little Kingdoms. He was awarded the Rooney Prize in 2007 and won the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award in 2012. For City of Bohane, he was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and the Irish Book Award, and won the Author’s Club Best First Novel Prize, the European Union Prize for Literature, and the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His short fiction appears regularly in The New Yorker and elsewhere. He lives in County Sligo in Ireland, but has spent significant time in Canada, both in Toronto and Montreal (where his wife has family).

Author Residence: County Sligo, Ireland

Author Hometown: Limerick, Ireland

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Advance praise for Night Boat to Tangier:

“It’s a Kevin Barry novel, so the brilliance is expected; everything else is a brilliant surprise.”—Roddy Doyle

“I devoured Night Boat to Tangier. I loved the potent truth of it all, drenched in damage and romance. The Barry turn of phrase is a true wonder of this world”—Max Porter

“It is an understatement to say that nobody writes quite like Kevin Barry; in truth, there’s nobody else in the same phylum. In Night Boat to Tangier you’ll find all the Barry hallmarks—that inimitable style of his, both riotous and lyrical, the sly humour, and his seemingly effortless ability to create characters who spring to glorious life within a few short pages. I imagine you’ll love this book just as I did, and wish, if anything, that you could spend just a little more time in the world Barry conjures.”—Craig Davidson, author of Cataract City and The Saturday Night Ghost Club

“The gods of literature, who have so much love for Ireland, are sweet on Kevin Barry.”—Richard Beard

“There’s plenty of sex, drugs, death and magic in Night Boat to Tangier, but above all it is a biting, black comedy of manners, driven by the profane dance of gangster etiquette.”—Colin Barrett

“A bloody mighty novel. It’s audacious, but also it’s Kevin Barry at his most tender. The novel carries a beautiful, mournful undertow to it, which is particularly affecting in a book so heavy with old myth and new poetry. May he keep twisting literature forever.”—Lisa McInerney

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