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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.
This is the long-awaited first novel from one of the most original and memorable writers working today. 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 the 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.
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.
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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