Junot Díaz: January 18, 2008

01/19/2008  by mrkeroppi  1 Comment

Junot Díaz at the 2008 Key West Literary Seminar. Photos by Jason Rowan


Junot Díaz reads from his Pulitzer Prize-winning debut novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007), and, in far-ranging comments, addresses the danger inherent in a dominant authorial voice. “No matter how many ruses I use,” Díaz says, “I’m the only one speaking.” He goes on to connect this danger, “the way a story silences other stories,” to the dictatorial regime of Trujillo in his native Dominican Republic, to U.S. militaristic pride, and, on the other hand, to the often-frustrated desire of readers to understand each component of his stories.

From KWLS 2008: New Voices


This recording is available for noncommercial and educational use only. All rights belong to the author. © 2008 Junot Díaz. Used with permission from Junot Díaz.

One Response

  1. Larry Polsky says:

    Just learned of Junot Diaz as he was listed in Progressive Magazine as the author of one of the books banned in Tucson. What the f— is that all about?

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