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Junot Díaz hizo su entrada en la escena literaria con esta colección de diez relatos que se desplazan de los barrios de la República Dominicana a los suburbios de Nueva Jersey. Díaz, que según Newsweek combina «la mirada objetiva de un periodista con el verbo de un poeta», evoca un mundo del que han desaparecido los padres, en el que las madres luchan con determinación por sus hijos, y en el que los más jóvenes heredan la crueldad y el avispado humor de unas vidas determinadas por la pobreza y la incertidumbre. Pocas veces un autor publica un primer libro precedido por el reconocimiento unánime de la crítica.
With ten stories that move from the barrios of the Dominican Republic to the struggling urban communities of New Jersey, Junot Díaz makes his remarkable debut. In "Ysrael", two brothers hunt a disfigured boy who hides behind a mask; in "No Face", the mirror is flipped and perspective belongs to the tormented. In "Fiesta, 1980", a spirited family gathering plays against the noiseless hum of a father's infidelities. In "Boyfriend", a young man eavesdrops on the woman next door and colors in the life overheard with the drama born of intense longing. And always, it seems there is the throb of waiting: in "Aguantando", for the fulfillment of a promise; in "Negocios", for rescue; in "Aurora", for respite; in "Drown", for resolution.
This stunning collection of stories offers an unsentimental glimpse of life among the immigrants from theDominican Republic--and other front-line reports on the ambivalent promise of the American dream--by aneloquent and original writer who describes more than physical dislocation in conveying the price that is paid forleaving culture and homeland behind. --San Francisco Chronicle. Junot Diaz's stories are as vibrant, tough, unexotic, and beautiful as their settings - Santa Domingo, DominicanNeuva York, the immigrant neighborhoods of industrial New Jersey with their gorgeously polluted skyscapes. Places and voices new to our literature yet classically American: coming-of-age stories full of wild humor,intelligence, rage, and piercing tenderness. And this is just the beginning. Diaz is going to be a giant of Americanprose. --Francisco GoldmanEver since Diaz began publishing short stories in venues as prestigious as The New Yorker, he has been touted as amajor new talent, and his debut collection affirms this claim. Born and raised in Santo Domingo, Diaz uses thecontrast between his island homeland and life in New York City and New Jersey as a fulcrum for his trenchanttales. His young male narrators are teetering into precarious adolescence. For these sons of harsh or absent fathersand bone-weary, stoic mothers, life is an unrelenting hustle. In Santo Domingo, they are sent to stay with relativeswhen the food runs out at home; in the States, shoplifting and drugdealing supply material necessities and a bit ofa thrill in an otherwise exhausting and frustrating existence. There is little affection, sex is destructive, conversationstrained, and even the brilliant beauty of a sunset is tainted, its colors the product of pollutants. Keep your eye onDiaz; his first novel is on the way. --Booklist
Junot Díaz, considerado uno de los jóvenes talentos de la narrativa estadounidense, hizo su entrada en el mundo literario en 1996 con una colección de diez relatos publicada en España como Los boys. En ellos, el que más tarde sería Premio Pulitzer de Novela, evoca un mundo de chicos sin padres, sostenidos hasta la extenuación por sus madres, que sobreviven a la pobreza y la incertidumbre con grandes dosis de crueldad y humor. Fiesta, 1980, es uno de esos relatos.
La vida nunca ha sido fácil para Oscar Wao, un dominicano dulce, obeso y desastroso que vive con su madre y su hermana en un gueto de Nueva Jersey. Oscar sueña con convertirse en un J.R.R. Tolkien dominicano y, por encima de todo, sueña con encontrar el amor de su vida. Pero puede que nunca alcance sus metas debido a una extraña maldición. Después del éxito internacional de Los boys, Junot Díaz recrea, con humor, la experiencia de los dominicanos en Estados Unidos y la capacidad de perseverar en medio del desengaño amoroso y la pérdida.
Pulitzer Prize-winner Junot Díaz's first book, Drown, established him as a major new writer with "the dispassionate eye of a journalist and the tongue of a poet" (Newsweek). His first novel,The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, was named #1 Fiction Book of the Year" by Time magazine and spent more than 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, establishing itself - with more than a million copies in print - as a modern classic. In addition to the Pulitzer, Díaz has won a host of major awards and prizes, including the National Book Critic's Circle Award, the PEN/Malamud Award, the PEN/O. Henry Prize, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the Anisfield-Wolf Award. Now Díaz turns his remarkable talent to the haunting, impossible power of love - obsessive love, illicit love, fading love, maternal love. On a beach in the Dominican Republic, a doomed relationship flounders. In the heat of a hospital laundry room in New Jersey, a woman does her lover's washing and thinks about his wife. In Boston, a man buys his love child, his only son, a first baseball bat and glove. At the heart of these stories is the irrepressible, irresistible Yunior, a young hardhead whose longing for love is equaled only by his recklessness--and by the extraordinary women he loves and loses: artistic Alma; the aging Miss Lora; Magdalena, who thinks all Dominican men are cheaters; and the love of his life, whose heartbreak ultimately becomes his own. In prose that is endlessly energetic, inventive, tender, and funny, the stories in This Is How You Lose Her lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weakness of the human heart. They remind us that passion always triumphs over experience, and that "the half-life of love is forever. "
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