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Luiselli wins 2021 International Dublin Literary Award for ‘Lost Children Archive’ 

Mexican author writer Valeria Luiselli has won the €100,000 (A$157,230) Dublin International Literary award for her novel Lost Children Archive (Fourth Estate).

Lost Children Archive, which also won last year’s Rathbones Portfolio Prize, follows an artist couple who set out with their two children on a road trip from New York to Arizona in the heat of summer.

Judge Colm Tóibín said: ‘Luiselli has written a novel in which stories spiral. She has rendered her characters with astonishing grace and insight, and through them she has drawn a picture of what they have been driving towards throughout the book, the contested place, where the old rules do not apply, for which a new form of archive is needed.’

Now in its 26th year, the award is presented annually for a novel written in English or translated into English, nominated by library systems in major cities around the world. Lost Children Archive was chosen from a shortlist of 10 announced in March.

For more information about this year’s winner, visit the website.


Category: International news