A young man of privileged upbringing leaves his home in the prosperous north of his island nation to teach in the devastated south, where a civil war festers. Over the course of several months, in which he befriends many of the town’s people and becomes teacher not only to the town’s children but to the enlisted men of the local army station, he loses his faith in and hope for the future. The Unyielding Clamour of the Night is a sympathetic novel that enters the mind and soul of a character to reveal the brutal and lasting affects of acts of violence, and how violence only begets violence.
“Though a reader might know from the start where Arun’s journey will lead him, Bissoondath’s narrative, studded with hard kernels of moral ambiguity and a shocking, open-ended conclusion, still has the power to haunt.” - Publishers’ Weekly
“With such unpredictable shifting between the literary and metaphorical, Bissoondath’s Unyielding Clamour of the Night bravely tackles issues that evoke great pain.” - Books in Canada
“Fully-realised characters, a situation that is only too believable, and writing full of beauty and anguish. Neil Bisoondath has excelled himself. The Unyielding Clamour of the Night is a novel of humanity and wisdom by a novelist at the height of his powers.” - Montreal Review of Books
“This finely wrought, detailed novel cannot, obviously, provide answers, but Bissoondath sets out many of the questions that fiction should be exploring in these odd, explosive times. What makes an insurgent? Why do the oppressed go to such extraordinary lengths?” - Quill and Quire