Recently I asked the author about what she was reading. Zackheim's reply:
It’s hard to put this book down. To be honest, it’s also hard to hold this book up! Antonio Muñoz Molina’s In the Night of Time, translated from the Spanish by the esteemed Edith Grossman, is 641 pages long, with small borders and not a pica of wasted space. But it’s not only dense visually; it’s solid with ideas and generous and astonishing writing.Visit Michele Zackheim's website.
Here is part of my favorite paragraph so far: He extracted a match from its box with care, as if he were removing a dried butterfly whose wings could be destroyed if handled too casually, held it between his thumb and index finger, showed it to the students, raising it in a somewhat liturgical gesture. He pondered its qualities, the delicate, diminutive pear shape of the head. When he struck the match, the tiny sound of the match head running along the thin strip of sandpaper was heard with perfect clarity in the silence of the hall, and the small burst of flame seemed like a miracle.
You will have to read the book to find out what happened after the professor lit the match....
My Book, The Movie: Last Train to Paris.