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The latest novels by Andrés Barba and Sara Mesa bear witness to adult depravity through children’s eyes. Barba’s translated work, A Luminous Republic, explores the perils of feral children surviving and adapting to modern life after growing up isolated in Argentina’s jungles. Also translated from Spanish, Mesa’s Four by Four unfurls secrets and deceptions at the heart of a very different isolated setting: an elite boarding school where the wealthy send their children to evade the chaos wreaking havoc on the outside world. With disquieting unease, these social thrillers from two of Spain’s leading contemporary novelists explore the difficulty of creating a collective conscience amid systemic violence. They provoke unsettling questions about freedom, powerlessness, and the monsters within ourselves.
This event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. Please stay tuned for updates about future PEN World Voices Festival programming.