Kevin Barry: Night Boat to Tangier

The acclaimed author discusses his new novel with WNYC's Brooke Gladstone


$20 general / $16 members

Wed, Sep 18, 2019



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Longlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize

One of Ireland’s most exciting novelists reads from and discusses his latest work, a tragicomic Irish saga of menace and romance, mutual betrayals and serial exiles. Author and journalist Brooke Gladstone, of WNYC's On The Media, moderates.

Night Boat to Tangier

October 23, 2018. It’s late one night in the waiting room at the sketchy Spanish port of Algeciras. Two fading Irish gangsters, Maurice Hearne and Charlie Redmond, are waiting for the boat from Tangier, scanning the crowds who come and go across the Strait of Gibraltar. A lover has been lost, a daughter has gone missing, and their world has come asunder. Can it be put together again?

Night Boat To Tangier is a novel drenched in sex and death and narcotics, in sudden violence and old magic, but it is obsessed, above all, with the mysteries of love. 

“Barry’s language drags you into a str
ange, darkly lyrical world.”
Paris Review

“The Barry turn of phrase is a true wonder.”
—Max Porter, author of Grief is the Thing With Feathers

“Brilliantly funny and terrifying at once, I was completely lost inside its dark craziness. Barry blends glorious voluptuous prose with entrancing storytelling.”
—Tessa Hadley, author of Late in the Day

“A biting, black comedy of manners, driven by the profane dance of gangster etiquette.”
—Colin Barrett, author of Young Skins




Support for this program is also provided by the Charles Lawrence Keith & Clara Miller Foundation and The Irish Institute.

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