MEXICAN AUTHOR VALERIA Luiselli won the Dublin Literary Award 2021 for her novel “Lost Children Archive”.
The Awards, which offer a prize of € 100,000 to the winner, are sponsored by Dublin City Council.
Luiselli is the first Mexican writer to win the award, in addition to being the fifth woman to win.
By accepting the award, Luiselli explained how literature is more important than ever.
“I can say, without a shadow of a doubt, that without books – without sharing in the company of the human experiences of other writers – we would not have survived these months,” Luiselli said.
“If our spirits have found a revival, if we have found the strength to continue, if we have maintained a sense of enthusiasm for life, it is thanks to the worlds that the books have given us.
Her book, “Lost Children Archive,” sees an artist couple and their two children take a road trip from New York to Arizona, detailing their delicate relationship as they travel further west against the backdrop of thousands of people. migrant children traveling through the United States and Mexico. border.
Luiselli was born in Mexico City and raised in South Korea, South Africa and India. She is an acclaimed fiction and non-fiction writer, with novels like “Faces in the Crowd” and “The Story of My Teeth”.
Luiselli has previously won two Los Angeles Times awards and an American Book Award, and has been nominated twice for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Kirkus Prize.
Dublin’s mayor and patron of the award, Hazel Chu, said the novel was important.
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“This year’s Dublin Literary Award winner is a very important book, with important themes around family and the things that matter most to us as human beings,” said Chu.
“I am very proud of our city for providing this opportunity for libraries around the world to submit the books that have captured the most attention of readers.”
Dublin City Council CEO Owen Keegan congratulated Luiselli on his victory, saying he was “immensely proud” that the awards were able to take place this year.