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The Resource Tell me how it ends : an essay in forty questions, Valeria Luiselli

Tell me how it ends : an essay in forty questions, Valeria Luiselli

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Tell me how it ends : an essay in forty questions
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Tell me how it ends
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an essay in forty questions
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Valeria Luiselli
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  • eng
  • spa
  • eng
Summary
"Structured around the forty questions Luiselli translates and asks undocumented Latin-American children facing deportation, Tell Me How It Ends (an expansion of her 2016 Freeman's essay of the same name) humanizes these young migrants and highlights the contradiction of the idea of America as a fiction for immigrants with the reality of racism and fear--both here and back home"--
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From 2014 to 2015, Mexican writer Luiselli (The Story of My Teeth) volunteered as an interpreter with an immigration court in New York, where she administered a 40-question survey to unaccompanied and undocumented minors who fled Central America for the United States. She began this work during an unprecedented surge in the number of minors crossing the border. This book-length essay is a meditation on this crisis viewed through the lens of the survey questions, the most vital of which, “Why did you come to the United States?”, often determines the outcome of the child’s bid for citizenship: the more terrifying the circumstance, the better the chances. It is a distressingly Kafkaesque path to citizenship in which children are responsible for securing their own lawyers, and are often required to display physical injuries to prove themselves worthy of assistance. Luiselli explores the plights these children are fleeing—gang violence that can be traced to American anti-immigration policies, drug use, and arms trafficking—as well as their harrowing journeys, many riding atop Mexican freight trains (known as la Bestia, the Beast) to the border. In a coda, Luiselli highlights a student group at Hofstra University working to improve conditions for immigrants via educational and recreational programs. This is a vital document for understanding the crisis that immigrants to the U.S. are facing, and a call to action for those who find this situation appalling. (Mar.)
			
			This review has been corrected to fix a minor typo. --Staff (Reviewed 03/06/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 10, p)
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1983-
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Luiselli, Valeria
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no index present
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Translated from Spanish
LC call number
HV4010
LC item number
.L8513 2017
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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1983-
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Luiselli, Valeria
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  • Immigrant children
  • Immigrant children
  • Immigration enforcement
  • Deportation
  • Immigrants
  • Hispanic American children
  • United States
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an essay in 40 questions
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Tell me how it ends : an essay in forty questions, Valeria Luiselli
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Selected translations by Lizzie Davis
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Includes bibliographical references
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
1762415
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
119 pages
Isbn
9781566894951
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2017000414
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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portrait
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  • (Sirsi) i9781566894951
  • (OCoLC)967375000
Label
Tell me how it ends : an essay in forty questions, Valeria Luiselli
Publication
Note
Selected translations by Lizzie Davis
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1762415
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
119 pages
Isbn
9781566894951
Lccn
2017000414
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
portrait
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781566894951
  • (OCoLC)967375000

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