Luiselli is the first Mexican author and the fifth woman to win the award founded 26 years ago. She was announced as the winner by Dublin Mayor Hazel Chu at a special online event at the opening of the Dublin International Literary Festival. Luiselli received the award at the Irish Consulate in New York, where she resides.
Reason for the award
“Hurricane Season” by the Mexican Fernanda Melchor, “Girl, Woman, Other” by the British Bernardine Evaristo, “Apeirogon” by the Irishman Colum McCann, “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” by the Vietnamese- American Ocean Vuong and American Colson Whitehead’s “The Nickel Boys” were finalists for this year’s award.
Published by 4th Estate in Great Britain and Vintage Books in the United States, “Lost Children Archive” arises from Luiselli’s experience as a translator for immigrant minors without permission to enter the United States and her travels across the border with Mexico. The award receives its nominations from public libraries in cities around the world and recognizes authors and translators.
Luiselli was born in Mexico City in 1983, has lived in South Korea, South Africa and India. His work includes fiction and essays with books such as the novels “The weightless ones”, “The story of my teeth” and “Sound desert” as well as the essay books “False papers” and “The lost children. An essay in 40 questions ”. He has won two literary awards from The Los Angeles Times and an American Book Award.
The Dublin Literary Prize is awarded annually to promote excellence in literature. It is open to novels written in any language that have been published or translated into English by authors of any nationality during the eligibility period. Anna Burns, Emily Ruskovich, Mike McCormack, José Eduardo Agualusa and Juan Gabriel Vásquez are some of the previous winners.
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