• La saga tragi-comique d'une famille dominicaine émigrée aux États-Unis, à travers le regard d'Oscar, recalé de l'amour en quête d'absolu.

    Oscar est énorme. Au fond de la classe, isolé et définitivement hors du coup, il rêve de filles et d'aventures et ne récolte que des déceptions. La seule chose qu'il sait faire, c'est écrire et lire des histoires fantastiques. Exilé dans sa banlieue du New Jersey, il rêve de devenir le Tolkien dominicain. Mais le drame, chez Oscar, est un trait de famille.
    Sa brève et merveilleuse vie est frappée au fer rouge d'une malédiction ancestrale: le fukú. Partie de Saint-Domingue, cette tragédie se transmet de génération en génération, comme une mauvaise graine. La saga familiale nous mène ainsi de Belicia, la mère, fuyant son île dominicaine, à ses enfants, Lola, la fugueuse, et son frère Oscar, dont les pas reviennent inexorablement aux origines. Honte à la réputation virile et macho des hommes dominicains, Oscar porte là-bas sa virginité tardive comme un fardeau. Ce n'est pourtant pas sa honte qui le tuera.
    Nourrie des destins de ses aïeux brisés par la torture, la prison, l'exil et les amours impossibles, l'histoire d'Oscar s'écrit, fulgurante et désastreuse. Et rejoint la grande Histoire, celle de la dictature de Trujillo, de la diaspora dominicaine aux États-Unis, des promesses avortées du rêve américain.
    À chaque page, la plume de Junot Díaz sème ses pépites: sa langue est un patchwork, une musique, un passe muraille entre les civilisations, les êtres et les âges, et son héros poursuit, entre humour et poésie, le but ultime des hommes, l'amour.
    La brève et merveilleuse vie d'Oscar Wao a été unanimement salué par la critique et a remporté le National Book Award, puis le Prix Pulitzer 2008.


  • "Junot Díaz met le feu aux poudres. Prix Pulitzer avec son premier roman, il prouve une fois encore son incroyable talent pour créer de grands événements et de grandes oeuvres littéraires."Los Angeles Times


    Le centre de gravitation de ces histoires, c'est Yunior : jeune tête brûlée, aussi coeur d'artichaut qu'incorrigible désinvolte.
    Dans chaque histoire, une femme, des femmes - mère, épouse, maîtresse, petite amie - extraordinaires et sans cesse perdues. Et en point de mire : l'amour - l'obsessionnel, l'illicite, le léger, le fou, le périssable, l'éternel amour.
    Et tandis que Yunior court après les filles, les fantasme, les largue, les adore ou les maudit, ces histoires dessinent peu à peu une radiographie du coeur humain, mettant à nu sa soif infinie et sa faiblesse inexorable. Toujours la passion semble l'emporter sur l'expérience, et l'amour, même échoué, même avorté, même Sali ou raillé, reste irréductible.
    Déferlante langagière, bourrée d'inventions, tendre et drôle à la fois, la prose de Díaz électrise tout sur son passage.
    Meilleur livre 2012 du New York Times


  • 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 Fukú - the curse that has haunted his family for generations. With dazzling energy and insight Díaz immerses us in the tumultuous lives of Oscar; his runaway sister Lola; their beautiful mother Belicia; and in the family's uproarious journey from the Dominican Republic to the US and back. Rendered with uncommon warmth and humour, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is a literary triumph, that confirms Junot Díaz as one of the most exciting writers of our time.

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    Junot Diaz

    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 Díaz as one of contemporary fiction's most exhilarating new voices.'There's a new excitement in Drown, the fierce, sharp-edged, painful stories of a young Dominican-American writer, Junot Díaz: a dazzling talented first book'. Hermione Lee, Independent on Sunday, Books of the Year'A voice so original and compelling as to reach far beyond his immediate environment. It has put Díaz at the forefront of American writing'. GQ'He has that rare gift of delineating a recognizable trademark world of his own with just a few deft strokes'. Guardian'Wrings the heart with finely calibrated restraint'. New York Times

  • 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.'

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    Diaz Junot

    "This stunning collection of stories offers an unsentimental glimpse of life among the immigrants from the Dominican Republic--and other front-line reports on the ambivalent promise of the American dream--by an eloquent and original writer who describes more than physical dislocation in conveying the price that is paid for leaving culture and homeland behind." --San Francisco Chronicle.
    Junot Diaz's stories are as vibrant, tough, unexotic, and beautiful as their settings - Santa Domingo, Dominican Neuva 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 American prose. --Francisco Goldman
    Ever since Diaz began publishing short stories in venues as prestigious as The New Yorker, he has been touted as a major new talent, and his debut collection affirms this claim. Born and raised in Santo Domingo, Diaz uses the contrast between his island homeland and life in New York City and New Jersey as a fulcrum for his trenchant tales. His young male narrators are teetering into precarious adolescence. For these sons of harsh or absent fathers and bone-weary, stoic mothers, life is an unrelenting hustle. In Santo Domingo, they are sent to stay with relatives when the food runs out at home; in the States, shoplifting and drugdealing supply material necessities and a bit of a thrill in an otherwise exhausting and frustrating existence. There is little affection, sex is destructive, conversation strained, and even the brilliant beauty of a sunset is tainted, its colors the product of pollutants. Keep your eye on Diaz; his first novel is on the way. --Booklist


  • Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who--from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sister--dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love. But Oscar may never get what he wants. Blame the fukú--a curse that has haunted Oscar’s family for generations, following them on their epic journey from Santo Domingo to the USA. Encapsulating Dominican-American history, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao opens our eyes to an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience and explores the endless human capacity to persevere--and risk it all--in the name of love.
    Listen to Junot Díaz’s interview on iTunes “Meet the Author” here.
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  • 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.
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    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 the New York Times-Bestselling;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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