Mexican author Valeria Luiselli won this year’s Dublin Literary Award for her work, Archives of lost children. The American policy of keeping children away from their parents on the US-Mexico border is at the origin of this fictional novel. It also won the Rathbones Folio Award in 2020.
âI am very happy – very relieved, more than anything. It’s been a year of very slow work for me, a year of struggling to write because my kids aren’t in school, so I’m in the hustle and bustle of the house all dayâ¦ It was like encouragement, like someone said, ‘Go on, do your job, that’s what you’re supposed to do. Concentrate and keep going, âshe says The Guardian.
– DUBLIN Literary Prize (@DublinLitAward) May 20, 2021
Colm TÃ³ibÃn, a former recipient of this award, praised Luiselli’s work and said his book âtells an old story, the one Cervantes toldâ¦ and Cormac McCarthy, the story of what happens to the human mind on the road, how much travel time jeopardizes what was stable and agreed â.
Considered one of the richest literary prizes in the world, the International Dublin Literary Award includes a prize of â¬ 100,000 (approximately â¹ 89.27,300). It is awarded to a novel written or translated into English worldwide. Books are offered by libraries.