The Story of the Night

Colm Tóibín

04 April 2024
320 pages


'Beautiful . . . a thriller, a love story and much more' Roddy Doyle

'A remarkable achievement . . . [a] sheer pleasure to read' The Sunday Times

Richard Garay lives alone with his mother in Buenos Aires, hiding his sexuality from her and the world. 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 by Colm Tóibín is a powerful and moving novel about sex, death, and a man who, as the Falklands War is fought and lost, finds his own way to emerge into the world.

A brave and remarkable novel, the impact of which no reader will shed.
The Story of the Night is, in the end, a love story of the most serious and difficult kind. Tóibín has told it with profound artistry and truth.
Nobody before Tóibín 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.