A profoundly moving and elegiac study of memory and past lives from the pen of the remarkable Valeria Luiselli, Faces in the Crowd drifts between Mexico City and New York with a sensuous intimacy. Weaving a dual narrative about a frustrated housewife and a bohemian poet from her personal history, this is a gem of contemporary world literature.
In the heart of Mexico City a woman, trapped in a house and a marriage she can neither fully inhabit nor abandon, thinks about her past. She has decided to write a novel about her days at a publishing house in New York; about the strangers who became lovers and the poets and ghosts who once lived in her neighbourhood. In particular, one of the obsessions of her youth - Gilberto Owen - an obscure Mexican poet of the 1920s, a marginal figure of the Harlem Renaissance, a busker on Manhattan's subway platforms, a friend and an enemy of Federico Garcia Lorca. As she writes, Gilberto Owen comes to life on the page: a solitary, faceless man living on the edges of Harlem's writing and drinking circles at the beginning of the Great Depression, haunted by the ghostly image of a woman travelling on the New York subway. Mutually distorting mirrors, their two lives connect across the decades between them, forming a single elegy of love and loss.
Publisher: Granta Books
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 119 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 9 mm
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