• 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.

  • 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

  • Anglais Drown

    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 Time

  • 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.'

  • Anglais Drown

    Diaz Junot

    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

  • 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.

  • Pulitzer Prize-winner Junot Díazs 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 Critics 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 lovers 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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