Junot Díaz: January 18, 2008

Reading & Lecture, 2008
Junot Díaz

    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.

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    2 thoughts on “Junot Díaz: January 18, 2008

    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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