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.
"Beautiful and devastating"
Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. 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.
The stories in This Is How You Lose Her, by turns hilarious and devastating, raucous and tender, lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weaknesses of our all-too-human hearts. They capture the heat of new passion, the recklessness with which we betray what we most treasure, and the torture we go through - "the begging, the crawling over glass, the crying" - to try to mend what we've broken beyond repair. They recall the echoes that intimacy leaves behind, even where we thought we did not care.
"For narration leave the prose for the pros"
With 10 stories that move from the barrios of the Dominican Republic to the struggling urban communities of New Jersey, Junot Diaz makes his remarkable debut. Diaz's work is unflinching and strong, and these stories crackle with an electric sense of discovery.
"Latino literature at its best!"
Wastelands 2: More Stories of the Apocalypse is a new anthology of postapocalyptic literature from some of the most renowned authors in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres today, including George R. R. Martin, Hugh Howey, Junot Díaz, David Brin, and many more. This eclectic mix of tales explores famine, death, war, pestilence, and harbingers of the biblical apocalypse.
"Better than the first anthology."
Una cronica familiar que abarca generaciones y dos paises, Labreve y maravillosa vida de Oscar Wao cuenta la historia del gordiflon y solitario Oscar de Leon en su intento de convertirse en el J.R.R.Tolkien Dominicano y su desafortunada busqueda del amor. Pero Oscar solo es la ultima victima del fuku - una maldicion que durante generaciones ha perseguido a su familia,condenandoles a vidas de tortura, sufrimiento y amor desdichado.
"An instant dominican classic!"
"Take Me Home", by Ray Bradbury; "Monstro", by Junot Diaz; "The Golden Age", by Ursula K. Le Guin; "The Republic of Empathy", by Sam Lipsyte; "The Spider Women", by Margaret Atwood; and "Black Box", by Jennifer Egan.
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. Poor Oscar may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fuku - the curse that has haunted his family for generations.
"Helps if you speak Spanish!"
A short story from the national best seller Drown, by Junot Diaz, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.
En estos diez entrañables relatos Junot Díaz, autor de origen Dominicano, radicado en los Estados Unidos y recientemente galardonado con el Premio Pulitzer por su novela La breve y maravillosa vida de Óscar Wao, nos regala sus cuentos con una exquisita y ligera prosa que fluye cadenciosamente como los caminos rurales de la República Dominicana o vertiginosamente como los highways del marcado paisaje urbano de New Jersey.
There are six articles in the second part of this double issue: "Twilight of the Books", by Caleb Crain; "Visual Trophies", by John Updike; "Squall Lines", by James Wood; "Alma", by Junot Díaz; "The Arbus Factor", by Lore Segal; and "I Hit Hamlet", by Paul Rudnick.
Eine Familie zwischen den Welten und zwischen den Zeiten: Junot Díaz erzählt von dem liebenswürdigen Nerd Oscar und seiner toughen Schwester Lola...