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Junot Diaz - Author

About the Author

Junot Diaz was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and received his Master of Fine Arts Degree from Cornell University. His collection of short stories, Drown, was described as 'a dazzlingly talented first book' by Hermione Lee in the Independent on Sunday. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is his debut novel. He teaches creative writing at MIT (Massachussetts Institute of Technology)

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The Cheater's Guide to Love

The Cheater's Guide to Love

Author: Junot Diaz Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/10/2019

Faber Stories, a landmark series of individual volumes, presents masters of the short story form at work in a range of genres and styles. You try every trick in the book to keep her. You write her letters. You drive her to work. You quote Neruda ... You try it all, but one day she will simply sit up in bed and say, No more. In Yunior, a Dominican-American writer and Harvard professor, Junot Diaz has created an irresistibly erratic protagonist, who sweeps you up in the poetic energy of his speech as he rehearses a broad repertoire of bad behaviour. Originally the climactic tale in the chain-linked This is How You Lose Her, 'The Cheater's Guide to Love' is a superb standalone song of decadence and experience. Bringing together past, present and future in our ninetieth year, Faber Stories is a celebratory compendium of collectable work.

Islandborn

Islandborn

Author: Junot Diaz Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2018

A powerful tale about the magic of memory and the infinite power of the imagination Every kid in Lola's school was from somewhere else. Hers was a school of faraway places. When Lola's teacher asks the students to draw a picture of where their families immigrated from, all the kids are excited. Except Lola. She can't remember the Island - she left when she was just a baby. But with the help of her family and friends, and their memories - joyous, fantastical, heartbreaking, and frightening - Lola's imagination takes her on an extraordinary journey back to The Island. As she draws closer to the heart of her family's story, Lola comes to understand the truth of her abuela's words: 'just because you don't remember a place doesn't mean it's not in you.' Gloriously illustrated and lyrically written, Islandborn is a celebration of creativity, diversity, and our imagination's boundless ability to connect us - to our families, to our past and to ourselves.

Islandborn

Islandborn

Author: Junot Diaz Format: eBook Release Date: 13/03/2018

From New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Daz comes a debut picture book about the magic of memory and the infinite power of the imagination. Every kid in Lola's school was from somewhere else. Hers was a school of faraway places. So when Lola's teacher asks the students to draw a picture of where their families immigrated from, all the kids are excited. Except Lola. She can't remember The Islandshe left when she was just a baby. But with the help of her family and friends, and their memoriesjoyous, fantastical, heartbreaking, and frighteningLola's imagination takes her on an extraordinary journey back to The Island. As she draws closer to the heart of her family's story, Lola comes to understand the truth of her abuela's words: ';Just because you don't remember a place doesn't mean it's not in you.' Gloriously illustrated and lyrically written, Islandborn is a celebration of creativity, diversity, and our imagination's boundless ability to connect usto our families, to our past and to ourselves.

Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Author: Junot Diaz Format: eBook Release Date: 20/12/2016

Read by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Tony Award-winning creator and star of the musicalHamilton,andTony Award-winning actress, Karen Olivo. This brilliant narration adds another layer of lyricism and depth to this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic novel. Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. From his home in New Jersey, where he lives with his old-world mother and rebellious sister, Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fuku: the curse that has haunted Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim. Diaz immerses us in the tumultuous life of Oscar and the history of the family at large, rendering with genuine warmth and dazzling energy, humor, and insight the Dominican-American experience - and, ultimately, the endless human capacity to persevere in the face of heartbreak and loss. A true literary triumph, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao confirms Junot Diaz as one of the best and most exciting voices of our time.

Aurora

Aurora

Author: Junot Diaz Format: eBook Release Date: 17/05/2015

A Vintage Shorts ';Short Story Month' Selection No se han visto en una semana. Desde que le arao el brazo. Casi han desaparecido las marcas, y ni se acuerdan de que discutan. Pero esta noche, Aurora ha regresado. Del ganador del premio Pulitzer por La breve y maravillosa vida de scar Wao, un relato sobre la vida en los territorios marginales de Nueva Jersey y una obsesion que nunca termina. ';Aurora' es una seleccion de la obra triunfal que marco el arranque literario de Junot Daz y lo posiciono como una de las voces ms provocativas de la ficcion norte americana. An eBook short.

This Is How You Lose Her

This Is How You Lose Her

Author: Junot Diaz Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2013

Jaime Hernandez-deemed one of the twentieth century's most significant comic creators -has produced full-page, original illustrations for this stunning slipcased edition, one for each story, that perfectly capture the love-haunted spirit of the book. This Is How You Lose Her, is a collection of linked narratives about love - passionate love, illicit love, dying love, maternal love - told through the lives of New Jersey Dominicans, as they struggle to find a point where their two worlds meet. In prose that is endlessly energetic and inventive, tender and funny, it lays bare the infinite longing and inevitable weaknesses of the human heart. Most of all, these stories remind us that the habit of passion always triumphs over experience and that 'love, when it hits us for real, has a half-life of forever.'

Und so verlierst du sie

Und so verlierst du sie

Author: Junot Diaz Format: eBook Release Date: 26/09/2013

Der Pulitzerpreistrager Junot Diaz erzahlt von der Liebe - von Leidenschaft und Verirrung, von Betten, in denen man nicht landen, und Herzen, die man nicht brechen wollte. Diaz' Held Yunior taumelt durch sein Leben zwischen Karibik und New Jersey, er liebt mit aller Kraft und wird im Klammergriff des Machismo doch immer wieder schwach. Ein beruhrend witziges und besturzend ehrliches Buch uber das Dilemma zwischen Aufbruch und Ankommen - in der Liebe wie im Leben. Nach seinem Welterfolg Das kurze wundersame Leben des Oscar Wao meldet sich Diaz fulminant zuruck - er ist die Stimme des jungen Amerikas.

This Is How You Lose Her

This Is How You Lose Her

Author: Junot Diaz Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/08/2013

Junot Diaz's new collection, This Is How You Lose Her, is a collection of linked narratives about love - passionate love, illicit love, dying love, maternal love - told through the lives of New Jersey Dominicans, as they struggle to find a point where their two worlds meet. In prose that is endlessly energetic and inventive, tender and funny, it lays bare the infinite longing and inevitable weaknesses of the human heart. Most of all, these stories remind us that the habit of passion always triumphs over experience and that 'love, when it hits us for real, has a half-life of forever.'

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Author: Junot Diaz Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/12/2008

Drown

Drown

Author: Junot Diaz Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/11/2008

Originally published in 1997, Drown instantly garnered terrific acclaim. Moving from the barrios of the Dominican Republic to the struggling urban communities of New Jersey, these heartbreaking, completely original stories established Diaz as one of contemporary fiction's most exhilarating new voices.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Author: Junot Diaz Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2008

Things have never been easy for Oscar. A ghetto nerd living with his Dominican family in New Jersey, he's sweet but disastrously overweight. He dreams of becoming the next J. R. R. Tolkien and he keeps falling hopelessly in love. With dazzling energy and insight, Diaz immerses us in the tumultuous lives of Oscar and his family and their attempts to find love and belonging. Rendered with uncommon warmth and humour, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is an exciting and completely original first novel from Junot Diaz.

Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Author: Junot Diaz Format: eBook Release Date: 11/09/2007

Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd, a New Jersey romantic who dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the fukthe ancient curse that has haunted Oscars family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still dreaming of his first kiss, is only its most recent victimuntil the fateful summer that he decides to be its last.With dazzling energy and insight, Junot Daz immerses us in the uproarious lives of our hero Oscar, his runaway sister Lola, and their ferocious beauty-queen mother Belicia, and in the familys epic journey from Santo Domingo to Washington Heights to New Jerseys Bergenline and back again. Rendered with uncommon warmth and humor, THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO presents an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience and the endless human capacity to persevereand to risk it allin the name of love. A true literary triumph, this novel confirms Junot Daz as one of the best and most exciting writers of our time.

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