'Lost Children Archive' (2019), a novel by Young Mexican writer living in the U.S. Valeria Luiselli, a collection of micro-narratives on wandering and immigration has been published in Persian.
The novel has been described as an epic road trip through a vanished America, passing through ghost towns from Tennessee to Oklahoma and Texas. 'Lost Children Archive' Which won the 2020 Rathbones Folio Prize has been translated into Persian by Vida Eslamieh who is known for translating Harry Potter’s books. Agar (If) Publishing has released the book in 384 pages.
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.
The New Yorker’s James Wood describes the book as: “Engrossing…constantly surprising—a beguiling mixture of the real and the doubly invented; a passionately engaged book [with] intellectual amplitude and moral seriousness, [and] a beautiful, loving portrait of children and of the task of looking after them.
The kids are utterly alive, hurling questions and mangling adult signals: we are with the family, inside their Volvo wagon, or looking over their shoulders as they eat in diners and stay in motels. It is a pleasure to be a part of the narrator’s family; just as pleasurable is the access we gain to the narrator’s mind—a comprehensive literary intelligence.”
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.
Luiselli is the author of the book of essays ‘Sidewalks’ and the novel ‘Faces in the Crowd’, which won the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. Her 2015 novel ‘The Story of My Teeth’ was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Best Translated Book Award, and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Fiction, and she was awarded the Premio Metropolis Azul in Montreal.
Luiselli's 'Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions' was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize in Nonfiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism.