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Lost Children Archive: A novel (edició 2019)

de Valeria Luiselli (Autor)

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"From the two-time NBCC Finalist, a fiercely imaginative novel about a family's summer road trip across America--a journey that, with breathtaking imagery, spare lyricism, and profound humanity, probes the nature of justice and equality in America today. A mother and father set out with their kids from New York to Arizona. In their used Volvo--and with their ten-year-old son trying out his new Polaroid camera--the family is heading for the Apacheria: the region the Apaches once called home, and where the ghosts of Geronimo and Cochise might still linger. The father, a sound documentarist, hopes to gather an "inventory of echoes" from this historic, mythic place. The mother, a radio journalist, becomes consumed by the news she hears on the car radio, about the thousands of children trying to reach America but getting stranded at the southern border, held in detention centers, or being sent back to their homelands, to an unknown fate. But as the family drives farther west--through Virginia to Tennessee, across Oklahoma and Texas--we sense they are on the brink of a crisis of their own. A fissure is growing between the parents, one the children can feel beneath their feet. They are led, inexorably, to a grand, unforgettable adventure--both in the harsh desert landscape and within the chambers of their own imaginations. Told through the voices of the mother and her son, as well as through a stunning tapestry of collected texts and images--including prior stories of migration and displacement--Lost Children Archive is a story of how we document our experiences, and how we remember the things that matter to us the most. Blending the personal and the political with astonishing empathy, it is a powerful, wholly original work of fiction: exquisite, provocative, and deeply moving"-- "A novel about a family of four, on the cusp of fracture, who take a trip across America--a story told through varying points of view, and including archival documents and photographs"--… (més)
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Títol:Lost Children Archive: A novel
Autors:Valeria Luiselli (Autor)
Informació:Knopf (2019), Edition: 1st Edition, 400 pages
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Early on while reading this book, I came to the conclusion that it’s not going to be for everyone. I already know the subject matter, illegal immigration & deportation involving children, is a hot button issue that divides many. The style of this book too, is not your average cut and dry model. There are pages dedicated to the research findings from the adult protagonists, lengthy discussions on the study of audio & wavelengths and frequencies, Polaroid pictures, and towards the end of the book a child narrator whose prose goes on for a breathless 5+ pages with only commas as punctuation. ⁣
But as for me? Those pictures in the back of the book and the subject matter were what drew me to the book in the first place. I enjoyed the differing points of view from the adult narrator and the child, although I would have loved to read some of the story from the adult male’s viewpoint as well. ⁣
This story does have a timely subject matter, but it’s also a story about dreams, hope, despair, love, marriage, parenthood, childhood, legacies, legends, and parts of our nation’s history and people that have been wronged in the past. This book made me take a step back and really think about my white American privilege, and put into perspective the struggles that others face, especially as they try to provide a better life for their families.⁣ ( )
  brookiexlicious | May 9, 2021 |
Beste boek tot nu, dit jaar. Maar ook moeilijk in een vakje te plaatsen. Het is een filosofisch-reflexief boek over een aflopende relatie tussen een vrouw en een man, over de wisselwerking tussen ouders en kinderen, en over hoe kinderen de wereld zien. Maar het is ook een essayistisch werk over de afschuwelijke migratieproblematiek in het zuiden van de Verenigde Staten met vooral de instroom van minderjarigen vanuit Mexico. Tegelijk is het een reisverhaal (travelogue), naar het klassiek model van de roadmovie, tot en met het verblijf in marginale motels. En een historisch verhaal over de verdrijving en gedeeltelijke uitroeiing van Apache-indianen in het Zuidwesten van Amerika, eind 19de eeuw. Dat is dus best een indrukwekkend pakket.
Het vernuftige van Luiselli’s schrijfproçédé is dat ze bij elk van die invalshoeken ook nog eens narratieve genres door elkaar gebruikt: interne monologen, dialogen, lijstjes met de inhoud van hun koffers, excerpten uit een fictieve roman over migrantenkinderen die de grens worden overgesmokkeld, reflexieve passages en klassieke, descriptieve scenes. De narratieve stem is vooral die van de moeder, waardoor je de indruk hebt dat het hier om een autobiografisch boek gaat (Luiselli is net als de vrouw van Mexicaanse afkomst).
Er zijn twee verbindende thema’s. In de eerste plaats de problematiek van de ‘Lost Children’, die zowel slaat op migrantenkinderen, op de eigen kinderen (een jongen van 10 en een meisje van 5) op de achterbank van de auto, en bij uitbreiding ook universeler, op mensen (zoals de twee ouders) die verloren gelopen lijken in hun eigen leven. Het tweede thema is dat van het documenteren, het registreren, beschrijven en in kaart brengen van de werkelijkheid; het is een knappe vondst van Luiselli dat haar twee hoofdpersonages (de vader en de moeder) sound scape-mensen zijn, die voortdurend allerlei geluiden opnemen, de vader puur passief-obsessief registrerend (documentarist), de moeder meer intrusief-peilend (documentarian). Ook hier weer schuift de auteur voortdurend de verschillende benaderingen dooreen. Meteen een postmodernistisch kantje met een prachtige illustratie van de voortdurend verschuivende, ongrijpbare werkelijkheid: ““the only thing to do is tell it over and over again as it develops, bifurcates, knots around itself.”
De bedachtzame verteltoon, de verschillende lagen, de telkens wisselende vorm en uiteindelijk ook de verandering van perspectief, maken dit boek tot een knap staaltje van slow reading. Heel af en toe lijkt Luiselli iets te repetitief, of rijden haar mijmeringen zichzelf vast, maar is dat niet eigen aan de manier waarop we allemaal reflecteren? Vormelijk is vooral het voorlaatste hoofdstuk een meesterlijk stukje proza, in de stijl van Joyce en Woolf. Daarin raakt het verhaal van de zoon en de dochter van het koppel op magisch-realistische wijze vermengd met het verhaal van de migrantenkinderen uit de fictieve roman.
Ik vermoed dat ik nog lang niet alle lagen van de rijke inhoud van dit pluriform boek doorzien heb, wat zeker aanzet tot herlezen. Wat me ook bijvoorbeeld erg aansprak is de duidelijke afrekening met een aantal cult road-novels, zoals Kerouac’s On the Road, en meer impliciet ook met Pirsig’s ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”. En tegelijk riep het boek herinneringen op aan de reflexieve stijl van een Siri Hustvedt en een Rebecca Solnit. Om maar te zeggen op welk niveau Luiselli speelt. Met Lost Children Archive heeft ze onomstotelijk één van de markantste romans van begin 21ste eeuw geschreven. ( )
1 vota bookomaniac | Apr 26, 2021 |
Tal vez el mejor libro de los que leí durante 2019. Definitivamente, de los más esperados (no he leído nada de Valeria Luiselli que no me haya gustado y saber de esta novela me tenía totalmente emocionada). Me encantó descubrir a una escritora "más grande", madura, más atrevida, valiente, comprometida. El libro lo escribió originalmente en Inglés y eso la llevó a ser nominada como finalista de los premios Booker, pero empieza a aparecer en muchas listas en donde la consideran una de las mejores obras del año. (Es una lástima que no haya sido nominada en Goodreads).

Desierto Sonoro es la novela sobre un Road Trip.
También, una novela sobre una relación de pareja que se desencuentra o el retrato de la vida de una de esas "nuevas familias" que se construye, se transforma y se tiene que reinventar.
Es una novela sobre el road trip de una familia que viaja de Nueva York a Texas para llegar a la Tierra Apache y encontrar la tumba de Gerónimo, y mientras más se acercan a su destino, más se alejan entre ellos, más extraños se vuelven, más extranjeros e incomunicados en su propia tribu, en su propia cama, cada uno inventando un idioma y viajando por razones distintas. Ambos en búsqueda, pero en realidad, como casi todo viaje, no sabes para qué era hasta que vieron cómo terminaba.
Es una historia que intenta hacer una fotografía -más atinadamente, una polaroid: algo indefinida, poco nítida, un pedazo que nos transmite toda una idea- sobre una de las grandes crisis mundiales que tiene como epicentro, la frontera de los Estados Unidos y México: la migración infantil, los niños que desaparecen en este viaje, en esta odisea repleta de terror y tragedia y alejada de las aventuras que los niños deberían vivir e imaginar y que nos negamos a ver.
De las cosas que más me gustaron fueron las metalecturas, la música, las imágenes todo eso que se convierten en otro diálogo y la narración a dos voces, con dos miradas distintas: la esposa y el hijo (que en realidad es hijo biológico de su pareja). La voz de ella, analizando todo desde su búsqueda, desde su preocupación, desde el peso de su equipaje, historia, etc. y la voz de él, desde su frescura, inocencia y una especie de velo fantástico que te hace más nítida la realidad.
Seguramente, este libro deberá leerse en más de una ocasión para poder entenderla en toda su dimensión y no puedo más que esperar ansiosamente qué es lo siguiente que Valeria Luiselli nos pondrá entre las manos. ¿Ustedes ya lo leyeron? ¿Qué opinan?...
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  GabbadelaMoraP | Apr 8, 2021 |
Some books challenge our expectations of what a novel is or what it should be. "Lost Children Archive" is a case in point. Ostensibly a "road novel", it shows us a family (a husband, a wife and their respective son and daughter from previous marriages) on a road trip between New York and Arizona. The couple met when they were working on a documentary project on the various languages of New York. However, their latest projects seem to be pulling them apart: the husband becomes obsessed with the last of the Apaches whereas the wife is planning a sound documentary on children detained at the border. It is clear that the family is breaking up, but this internal division becomes itself a symbol of families of migrants forcibly split apart.

In classic "post-modern" fashion, the narrative teases out links between the various strands of the story; sways between realism and fantasy/magical realism; and incorporates into the story such unlikely items as inventories of the contents of the boxes accompanying the family on the trip.

Much as I appreciate the work's originality and admire its complexity, I must admit that finishing this book was a challenge to me. Its best parts were brilliant, but there were points when I started asking myself whether the novel was being too clever for its own good. So I'll go for three stars on this - I don't doubt it's a very good (and very topical) novel, and others have rightly extolled its virtues. However, I can't say I really enjoyed it... ( )
  JosephCamilleri | Mar 5, 2021 |
Digital audiobook performed by the author, Kivlighan de Montebello, William DeMeritt, and Maia Enrigue Luiselli.

A cross-country journey from New York to Arizona gives one family – mother, father, 10-year-old boy, five-year-old girl – an opportunity to explore the history of this nation from two perspectives: How the immigrant Europeans, in the name of expanded opportunities, wrested the land from the native population, and how their descendants are trying to keep a new wave of immigrants from seeking their own opportunities.

As they travel, they sing along with the songs on the radio, play games, stop at various tourist attractions. They encounter people of all walks of life, and differences the parents sometimes struggle to explain to the children. And they begin to hear more and more news coverage of a growing crisis along our nation’s southern border – the many children who are desperately trying to enter the country.

I loved the way this unfolded. Luiselli changes narrators hallway through the book, first giving us the mother’s perspective, and then the son’s. Both parents work to document things, but one is a documentarian and the other a documentarist. I’m still not sure I fully understand the difference, but clearly this difference is important to both the man and the woman. What’s important to the reader is the way they are documenting what is happening, in their family, in nature, in the nation, in the world. And this forces the reader to think about how we remember things. The same photograph of a landmark, or a family gathering, will elicit different memories from those who viewed that same event together. And a child’s interpretation will be far different from an adult’s.

As distressing as the images and stories of the lost children trying to enter this country are, the specifics of this family’s journey had me on the edge of my seat. I could not help but think of the Stephen Sondheim song “Children Will Listen” from Into the Woods.

Luisselli’s writing is evocative of time and place. I could clearly picture the changing landscape as the family travels across the United States.

I am so looking forward to my F2F book club discussion of this book!

The audiobook is performed by a team including the author, Kivlighan de Montebello, William DeMeritt, and Maia Enrigue Luiselli. This was a very effective way of reading this book. However, the text has numerous photographs, drawings, maps, which are difficult to convey in audio format. Though I applaud the team for how they managed this, I’m glad I had a text version handy so I could see what they were describing. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 25, 2021 |
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In ihrem Roman "Archiv der verlorenen Kinder" rückt Valeria Luiselli das Schicksal der Flüchtlingskinder an der Grenze zu den USA wieder in den Fokus.
 
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"From the two-time NBCC Finalist, a fiercely imaginative novel about a family's summer road trip across America--a journey that, with breathtaking imagery, spare lyricism, and profound humanity, probes the nature of justice and equality in America today. A mother and father set out with their kids from New York to Arizona. In their used Volvo--and with their ten-year-old son trying out his new Polaroid camera--the family is heading for the Apacheria: the region the Apaches once called home, and where the ghosts of Geronimo and Cochise might still linger. The father, a sound documentarist, hopes to gather an "inventory of echoes" from this historic, mythic place. The mother, a radio journalist, becomes consumed by the news she hears on the car radio, about the thousands of children trying to reach America but getting stranded at the southern border, held in detention centers, or being sent back to their homelands, to an unknown fate. But as the family drives farther west--through Virginia to Tennessee, across Oklahoma and Texas--we sense they are on the brink of a crisis of their own. A fissure is growing between the parents, one the children can feel beneath their feet. They are led, inexorably, to a grand, unforgettable adventure--both in the harsh desert landscape and within the chambers of their own imaginations. Told through the voices of the mother and her son, as well as through a stunning tapestry of collected texts and images--including prior stories of migration and displacement--Lost Children Archive is a story of how we document our experiences, and how we remember the things that matter to us the most. Blending the personal and the political with astonishing empathy, it is a powerful, wholly original work of fiction: exquisite, provocative, and deeply moving"-- "A novel about a family of four, on the cusp of fracture, who take a trip across America--a story told through varying points of view, and including archival documents and photographs"--

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