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About the Author
Emiliano Monge is a critically acclaimed, award-winning Mexican author. He was selected as one of the most significant Latin American writers by the Guadalajara International Book Fair in 2009, and in 2015 was chosen by Conaculta, the Hay Festival, and the British Council as one of twenty essential Mexican writers. In 2018, he was included on a list of the most important Latin American writers under thirty-nine by the Hay Festival. He is a regular columnist for the newspaper El País and has written for many other magazines and publications. He is also a member of the Sistema Nacional de Creadores Artísticos (National Scheme of Artistic Creators) in Mexico.
"Among the Lost is masterly. Its rhythm and syntax form an unforgettable, multilayered requiem for our battered region."
"The relentless pace and vivid language... brings home the physical and emotional anxiety of those who have risked everything in the faint hope of a better life across the border... Monge shows how the corruption of the soul afflicts young and old alike when the powerful prey on the vulnerable, yet he also creates nuanced villains grappling with self-doubt and fear. In a remarkable literary feat, this tale of the dire events of one day illuminates the past, the present, and the future. While many questions remain unanswered at the end, this is a comprehensive drama of the human potential for violence and dreams in a fractured land." STARRED REVIEW
--Shoba Viswanathan, Booklist
"This is a book of unbearable beauty and affliction. It is written with the lucidity of someone who has opened his eyes and refused to shut them again. The book's power is not only in what it says, but in the silences that it leaves the reader's conscience to grapple with."
"The language in Among the Lost is both striking and strikingly easy to read...He channels the full spectrum of written expression, and the result hits the trifecta: beautiful, fast-paced, and completely his own."
--Lily Meyer, NPR
"[A] timely novel of immigration that is as beautiful as it is horrific. It is a multilayered, emotionally complex artistic triumph." STARRED REVIEW
"Atmospheric and chilling."
--Mark Athitakis, On the Seawall
"This is one of the darkest books I have ever read, and one of the most powerful... an emotionally-wrenching experience and also essential reading for those who want to think deeply about migration and human rights."
--Rebecca Hussey, Bookriot
"In an odyssey of relentless human cruelty, Emiliano Monge, one of the many linguistically adroit writers currently at work in what is an exciting era for Mexican fiction, spares no one. That he can succeed in generating any sympathy for his frenetic lovers is entirely due to the ferocious eloquence of his prose, which has been magnificently well served by translator Frank Wynne's Miltonic register. Filtered through a wry, if urgent, continuous present tense, it conveys the inhumanity of the jungle and desert landscapes...Monge's realist, deadly topical fiction is a weighty metaphor for our world gone mad. His characters, however depraved, often reveal traces of empathy, self-doubt, even suppressed horror."
--Eileen Battersby, The Observer
"Propulsive, lyrical, and often savage.'
--Times Literary Supplement
"From the very first pages of Among the Lost, we're engaged, and compromised...It's a heady reading experience...Richly poetic...Monge is one of the most talented and interesting young novelists writing from today's Mexico.'
--Daniel Hahn, Spectator