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
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.
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.
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.
This book is in English and Spanish.
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.