TEHRAN – The 2019 novel by Mexican writer Valeria Luiselli “Lost Children Archive” has been published in Persian.
Vida Eslamieh, Persian translator of the Harry Potter book series, returned the book published by the Agar publishing house in Tehran.
The novel, which is in part inspired by the current US policy of separating children from their parents on the US-Mexico border, is the first book Luiselli wrote in English.
It’s a fiercely imaginative new novel about a family whose road trip across America meets an immigration crisis at the southwest border, an indelible journey told with jaw-dropping imagery, lyricism spared and a deep humanity.
A mother and father drove with their two children, a boy and a girl, from New York to Arizona in the heat of summer. Their destination: Apacheria, the place the Apaches once called home.
“Why the Apaches? Asks the ten-year-old son. Because they were the last of something, his father replies.
In their car, they play games and sing music. But on the radio, there is news of an “immigration crisis”: Thousands of children attempt to cross the southwestern border into the United States, but get arrested or get lost in the ongoing desert. of road.
As the family crosses from Virginia to Tennessee, through Oklahoma and Texas, we feel they are on the verge of a crisis. A crack is growing between the parents, a crack that children can almost feel under their feet. They are inexorably led on a grand and heart-wrenching adventure, both in the desert landscape and in the chambers of their own imaginations.
Told through several convincing voices, mixing texts, sounds and images, “Lost Children Archive” is an astonishing feat of literary virtuosity.
It’s a rich and compelling story of how we document our experiences and remember the things that matter most to us. With urgency and empathy, he immerses us in the life of a remarkable family as he probes the nature of justice and equality today.
Photo: Cover of the Persian translation of Valeria Luiselli’s novel “Lost Children Archive”.
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