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Junot Díaz

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Junot Díaz

Junot Díaz (born December 31, 1968) is a Dominican-American writer. His first novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao was published in September 2007. In 2008 it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.[1] It also won the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize. His next novel has not been published yet. It is called Monstro.

Early life

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Díaz was born in Villa Juana, a neighborhood in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In December 1974 he moved to New Jersey.

Personal life

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He lives with Marjorie Liu.[2]

Díaz's first collection of short stories, Drown, was published in 1996. His first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao was published in 2007.[3] It is about a Dominican boy called Oscar Wao, who is growing up in New Jersey. It took him 11 years to write. The book uses both English and Spanish.[4] In 2012 Díaz released a collection of short stories called This Is How You Lose Her. He was given the $500,000 MacArthur "Genius grant" award.[5] In 2013 he won the £30,000 Sunday Times EFG Private Bank short story prize.[6] Díaz joins other Hispanic-American writers such as Gloria Anzaldúa, Sandra Cisneros, and Giannina Braschi who use Spanglish phrases in their stories.[7] Spanglish is a mix of English words and Spanish words.[8]


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  1. "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz (Riverhead Books)". Pulizer.org. Retrieved 10 February 2022.
  2. Reporter, Neil Swidey-. "Acclaimed novelist Junot Diaz delivers - The Boston Globe". BostonGlobe.com.
  3. "Junot Díaz - MacArthur Foundation". www.macfound.org. Retrieved 2020-10-12.
  4. Irvine, Lindesay; agencies (8 April 2008). "Junot Diaz wins Pulitzer" – via www.theguardian.com.
  5. "2012 MacArthur Foundation 'Genius Grant' Winners". Giarts.org. Retrieved 10 February 2022.
  6. Flood, Alison (22 March 2013). "Junot Díaz wins world's richest short story prize" – via www.theguardian.com.
  7. González, Christopher. Permissible narratives : the promise of Latino/a literature. Columbus. ISBN 978-0-8142-7582-5. OCLC 1003108988.
  8. "'Spanglish' | A Fusion of the Spanish and English Language". Eton Institute. 2017-03-23. Archived from the original on 2020-10-17. Retrieved 2020-10-12.

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