Lost City Radio

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Lost City Radio
Author Daniel Alarcón
Country United States
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher HarperCollins
Publication date
January 30, 2007
Media type Print (hardcover)
Pages 257 pp
ISBN 0-06-059479-9
OCLC 69423356
813/.6 22
LC Class PS3601.L333 L67 2007

Lost City Radio is a 2007 novel written by Daniel Alarcón.

Plot summary[edit]

After a ten-year insurrection set in a nameless South American country in which the totalitarian government defeated a rebel group, the government has eliminated all indigenous languages and renamed all places as numbers; radio is the only remaining convenience. The protagonist, Norma, is the voice of a popular radio show that attempts to reconnect war refugees with their families. Yet Norma too has lost during the war: her husband disappeared on a trip to a jungle village called 1797. One day a boy arrives from 1797 along with a list of missing for Norma to read over the radio, jarring Norma to recall the details of her life with her husband and his possible fate.

Though the novel is set in South America it does not contain a single word of Spanish. It has been remarked for the ability to describe the people's sense of displacement[1]



  1. ^ "Lost City Radio (review)". Retrieved 2010-06-17.