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Valeria Luiselli - book author

Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City in 1983 and grew up in South Africa. Her novels and essays have been translated into many languages and her work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Granta, and McSweeney’s. Some of her recent projects include a ballet libretto for the choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, performed by the New York City Ballet in Lincoln Center in 2010; a pedestrian sound installation for the Serpentine Gallery in London; and a novella in installments for workers in a juice factory in Mexico. She lives in New York City.

Valeria Luiselli is the author of books: Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions, Lost Children Archive, The Story of My Teeth, Los ingrávidos, Papeles falsos, Carte false, El Cazador y la Fábrica/The Hunter and the Factory, Tales of Two Cities: The Best and Worst of Times In Today's New York, McSweeney's #48, Lunatics, Lovers and Poets: Twelve Stories after Cervantes and Shakespeare

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Structured around the forty questions Luiselli translates and asks undocumented Latin-American children facing deportation, Tell Me How It Ends (an expansion of her 2016 Freeman's essay of the same name) humanizes these young migrants and highlights the contradiction of the idea of America as a fiction for immigrants with the reality of racism and fear both here and back home."
From the two-time NBCC Finalist, an emotionally resonant, fiercely imaginative new novel about a family whose road trip across America collides with an immigration crisis at the southwestern border--an indelible journey told with breathtaking imagery, spare lyricism, and profound humanity.

A mother and father set out with their two children, a boy and a girl, driving from New York to Arizona in the heat of summer. Their destination: Apacheria, the place the Apaches once called home.

Why Apaches? asks the ten-year-old son. Because they were the last of something, answers his father.

In their car, they play games and sing along to music. But on the radio, there is news about an "immigration crisis": thousands of kids trying to cross the southwestern border into the United States, but getting detained--or lost in the desert along the way.

As the family drives--through Virginia to Tennessee, across Oklahoma and Texas--we sense they are on the brink of a crisis of their own. A fissure is growing between the parents, one the children can almost feel beneath their feet. They are led, inexorably, to a grand, harrowing adventure--both in the desert landscape and within the chambers of their own imaginations.

Told through several compelling voices, blending texts, sounds, and images, Lost Children Archive is an astonishing feat of literary virtuosity. It is a richly engaging story of how we document our experiences, and how we remember the things that matter to us the most. With urgency and empathy, it takes us deep into the lives of one remarkable family as it probes the nature of justice and equality today.
I was born in Pachuca, the Beautiful Windy City, with four premature teeth and my body completely covered in a very fine coat of fuzz. But I'm grateful for that inauspicious start because ugliness, as my other uncle, Eurípides López Sánchez, was given to saying, is character forming.

Highway is a late-in-life world traveler, yarn spinner, collector, and legendary auctioneer. His most precious possessions are the teeth of the "notorious infamous" like Plato, Petrarch, and Virginia Woolf. Written in collaboration with the workers at a Jumex juice factory, Teeth is an elegant, witty, exhilarating romp through the industrial suburbs of Mexico City and Luiselli's own literary influences.
¿Cuántas vidas y cuántas muertes son posibles en la existencia de una misma persona? Los ingrávidos es una novela sobre existencias fantasmales; una evocación, a la vez melancólica y llena de humor, sobre la imposibilidad del encuentro amoroso y el carácter irrevocable de la perdida. Se lee con la emoción trepidante que genera una escritura ágil, aguda, a ratos francamente iluminada, pero que no renuncia nunca al cuidadoso cuestionamiento y disección de los valores del mundo contemporáneo.

Dos voces componen esta novela. La narradora, una mujer del México contemporáneo, relata sus años de juventud como editora en Nueva York, en los que el fantasma del poeta Gilberto Owen la perseguía por el metro. El narrador, un Owen al borde de la muerte, recuerda su juventud durante el Renacimiento de Harlem a finales de los años veinte, donde participaba –a veces a regañadientes, otras con alegre socarronería– de la vida literaria neoyorquina, al lado de escritores como Louis Zukofsky o Federico García Lorca. Ambos narradores se buscan en el espacio insondable de los trenes subterráneos, donde viajaban en sus respectivos pasados.
Papeles falsos, primer libro de Valeria Luiselli, está compuesto por una serie de ensayos narrativos de temas diversos, donde la constante es el registro de la original mirada de la autora, siempre presta a encontrar detalles o conexiones entre ideas de muy diverso orden, ecos de un pensamiento que por fuerza obliga al lector a repensar. La escondida tumba de Brodsky en Venecia; la inclasificable y elusiva saudade portuguesa; el lenguaje como ruptura con la «infancia previa a la infancia», son algunos de los ingeniosos pretextos para el despliegue de una escritura precisa, que nos deja la impresión de estar presente.
Curated by Magali Arriola and Juan Gaitán, the exhibition presents a selection of art creations (installations, video, photographs and sculptures) that express the relationship urban and natural spaces and the social and environmental consequences of the modern industrialization process. "A meditation about our modern condition and the development (planned or not) of our urban, suburban and industrial areas - in this case Ecatepec, headquarters of the Fundación Colección Jumex." --Page 11. Includes works by Abraham Cruzvillegas, Sam Durant, Ólafur Eliásson, Peter Fischli & David Weis, Rodney Graham, Doug Aitken, Miguel Calderón, Maurizio Cattelan, Jonathan Hernández & Alberto Baraya, Roman Ondák, Damián Ortega, Fernando Ortega, Ugo Rondinone, Anri Sala, Wolfgang Tillmans and Danh Vo.

This book is in English and Spanish.
Each issue of the quarterly is completely redesigned. There have been hardcovers and paperbacks, an issue with two spines, an issue with a magnetic binding, an issue that looked like a bundle of junk mail, and an issue that looked like a sweaty human head. McSweeney’s has won multiple literary awards, including two National Magazine Awards for fiction, and has had numerous stories appear in The Best American Magazine Writing, the O. Henry Awards anthologies, and The Best American Short Stories. Design awards given to the quarterly include the AIGA 50 Books Award, the AIGA 365 Illustration Award, and the Print Design Regional Award.
"The lunatic, the lover, and the poet,
are of imagination all compact."

- William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the deaths of William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes, And Other Stories and Hay Festival have selected twelve contemporary international authors to each write an original and previously unpublished story as their tribute to these giants of world literature.

In order to celebrate the international influence of both writers and offer us new and intriguing perspectives on them, six English-speaking authors have taken inspiration from Cervantes and his work, while six Spanish-language authors have written stories inspired by Shakespeare.

The authors are Ben Okri, Deborah Levy, Kamila Shamsie, Yuri Herrera, Marcos Giralt Torrente, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Vicente Molina Foix, Soledad Puértolas, Hisham Matar, Nell Leyshon, Rhidian Brook and Valeria Luiselli. An introduction by Salman Rushdie explores the liberating legacy of Cervantes and Shakespeare for contemporary fiction.