BOOKER PRIZE LONGLIST: Night Boat to Tangier was longlisted for the 2019 Man Booker Prize.
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.
WAITING FOR DILLY: The comparisons to Waiting for Godot are apt: Barry matches Beckett’s playful way with words—and looming sense of madness—in a contemporary and realistic setting.
PRAISE: Barry is a critical darling; his last novel, Beatlebone, was a New York Times Notable Book, and the paper compared Barry’s writing to the work of Virginia Woolf and Geoff Dyer. The Washington Post’s comparisons were to no one less than James Joyce, Flann O’Brien, and J. P. Donleavy; The Boston Globe called it “glorious, savory stuff.” Night Boat to Tangier is no different: it’s become a magnet for boundless acclaim.
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LONGLISTED FOR THE 2019 BOOKER PRIZE
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 EASON NOVEL OF THE YEAR (part of the An Post Irish Book Awards)
“Try the name Flann O’Brien. Try James Joyce. Try Roddy Doyle. Try Patrick McCabe. Try Wilde, try McGahern, try Behan. And now try the name Kevin Barry. See how it fits in perfectly among the others—Kevin Barry is one of the most original, daring, and seriously funny writers ever to come out of Ireland. I’d walk a hundred miles for a new Barry book and I would make the happy journey home, laughing.” —Colum McCann
“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’s a Kevin Barry novel, so the brilliance is expected; everything else is a brilliant surprise.’ —Roddy Doyle
“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 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
“Kevin Barry’s third novel is booze-soaked and lovelorn. It is also intensely televisual, with beat-perfect dialogue and the diamond-grade schlock of an HBO script…. Night Boat to Tangier is a darkly heady mood, thick enough and sweet enough to drink.” —The List (Scotland)
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