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SANTO DOMINGO.- Just days away from the inaugural of the Santo Domingo International Book Fair 2008, Dominican literature in the pen of Junot Diaz obtains the highest prize, a Pulitzer, the first for an author from this country.

A Dominican living in the United States, Díaz joins the ranks of William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Saul Bellow, John Steinbeck, Sam Shepard, Norman Mailer, and a host of legends awarded the coveted prize.

The Pulitzer laureate's hometown Baitoa is near Santiago, from where he emigrated to the U.S. at the age of six.

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Written by: gouletcolonial This user is banned, 8 Apr 2008 7:40 AM
From: Cuba, it is a secret the censors are looking for me
kudos for this ....the Don Quixote of dominican/american literature let us hope it inspires some of our students to write and all of our students to read books....this for me is better than 70 homeruns
Written by: gouletcolonial This user is banned, 8 Apr 2008 7:45 AM
From: Cuba, it is a secret the censors are looking for me
this guy should get a parade when he comes to Santo Domingo....let the youth of this island know where the priorities of life are.........education ....education education
Written by: josean, 8 Apr 2008 7:49 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016
Education over metro!
Written by: gouletcolonial This user is banned, 8 Apr 2008 7:52 AM
From: Cuba, it is a secret the censors are looking for me
Leonel is an educator by profession....let us hope he can deliver in the giant classroom he now has
Written by: gouletcolonial This user is banned, 8 Apr 2008 7:53 AM
From: Cuba, it is a secret the censors are looking for me
josean your guy hippo needed an education.......BIG TIME
Written by: gouletcolonial This user is banned, 8 Apr 2008 7:56 AM
From: Cuba, it is a secret the censors are looking for me
congratulations Senor Diaz.......the world awaits your next book
Written by: alejandro, 8 Apr 2008 8:46 AM
From: United States
Mr. Diaz depicts with great accuracy the experiences of 1st generation Dominicans who, like my self were influenced by Anthony Santos and Peter Murphy..

peace
Written by: cibaeño75, 8 Apr 2008 9:20 AM
From: United States, New York City
Un orgullo para la patria...congrats..
Written by: cess101, 8 Apr 2008 10:12 AM
From: United States
finally dominicans are being recognized world wide!! its about time, nobody recognizes all the great things we do, someone always has to say they are better than us at something well look out world because were definitelly spreading the joy. We dominicans are known for our orgullo, and this is something we whould all be proud we welcome you with open arms. un bonche por eso .
Written by: gouletcolonial This user is banned, 8 Apr 2008 10:17 AM
From: Cuba, it is a secret the censors are looking for me
be careful "orgullo cometh before the fall " orgullo is a sin when it is in excess .....dont get too puffed up
Written by: tejada, 8 Apr 2008 10:57 AM
From: United States
Is there anything you guys don't turn into a "Metro" topic or some kind of argument? Good grief!
Written by: ny4life, 8 Apr 2008 12:00 PM
From: United States, Stop the slanderous campaign and respect Dominican sovereignty. TC 168-13 is irrevocable. No to the fusion agenda on Hispanola
A parade deserved for Junot DIaz. A Dominican hero. A very accurate depiction of first generation Dominican-American.
Written by: josean, 8 Apr 2008 12:22 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016
tejada,

My point exactly, but Lie-onel Fernandez's and the PLD disagree with us.

Quote from the Benefactor of the Republic;


"Before leaving New York, the Head of State said the Santo Domingo Metro will become this century’s most transcendental work and start a new cycle of mass transit in the country."

Imagine that’s a big statement the “century’s most transcendentall work,” considering the century is only approximately 7 and half years old. Is this guy an egomaniac or what?

To them it’s all about the METRO!

Source:

http://www.dominicantoday.com/dr/....-tour-touts-Dominican-Metro-in-NY

Written by: cibaeño75, 8 Apr 2008 12:35 PM
From: United States, New York City
"Dominican literature"

I have to play devil's advocate here. Is it safe to call Diaz's writing "Dominican literature"? I think that's a serious error. He's not writing for a Dominican audience per se, he writes in English (though peppered with Dominicanisms it's still English). I think his literature is part of the genre that would include other caribbean hispanic writers who write on themes having to do with the urban experiences of latinos here in the states, such as the puerto ricans Piri Thomas and Esmeralda Santiago, and as such it cannot be considered "Dominican literature" even though Diaz is indeed of Dominican origin.
Written by: snoopyy3k, 8 Apr 2008 12:38 PM
From: United States
WOW!! This is fenomenal. I had the priviledge of meeting Juno when I was atending CCNY and he was promoting his firsit book "Drown". I must say it is a beautiful thing to see another 1st generation Dominican-American succeed. The Pulitzer finally has Dominican flavor to it. Congrats!!! And of course "Que VIVA EL METRO"!!!!
Written by: josean, 8 Apr 2008 12:53 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016
The point:

How many children with the potential of a Junot Diaz will not get the opportunity to develop their writing talents, in their native country, because their educational future is being robbed by spending the limited resources we have on these monuments of self aggrandizement.
Written by: Escott, 8 Apr 2008 2:02 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Cabrera and Sosua a 2 days a month for payday
Don Quixote was NOT an auther but the name of a Book and a Character in the book. That was a silly statement because this guy has to run around fighting windmills because he was CRAZY and thought that they were MONSTERS. I would rather be his buddy who laughed at him.
Written by: cibaeño75, 8 Apr 2008 2:05 PM
From: United States, New York City
Maybe goulet meant Cervantes...maybe:)
Written by: Escott, 8 Apr 2008 2:06 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Cabrera and Sosua a 2 days a month for payday
Perhaps but didn't know:)
Written by: gouletcolonial This user is banned, 8 Apr 2008 4:28 PM
From: Cuba, it is a secret the censors are looking for me
what else could it mean? ....and for those who dont think its Dominican literature ....you will have to wait for the translation pobrecitos......and yes Cervantes the greatest author of the Spanish tongue also translates into english......Pardon my hyperbole I know Diaz is very good but flattery never hurt anyone
Written by: cibaeño75, 8 Apr 2008 4:32 PM
From: United States, New York City
You lost me goulet..what was the point you were trying to make concerning dominican literature?
Written by: gouletcolonial This user is banned, 8 Apr 2008 4:40 PM
From: Cuba, it is a secret the censors are looking for me
I said Oscar was the Don Quixote of dominican/american literature [the genre] ,......a great book in any idiom
Written by: gouletcolonial This user is banned, 8 Apr 2008 4:42 PM
From: Cuba, it is a secret the censors are looking for me
it relates to the diaspora of any group of people
Written by: willmo, 8 Apr 2008 8:07 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Is he Dominican by birth, or Dominican because his parents are Dominicans? Credit should go to the political/educational system that created this guy. Find these facts before say you say are proud of being a Dominican. The "Metro" comment is a good argument to bring about every time we have a success like Junior Diaz we have to decide where our priorities are. Megalomaniac projects or Education?
Written by: gouletcolonial This user is banned, 8 Apr 2008 8:08 PM
From: Cuba, it is a secret the censors are looking for me
Diaz is only the second Hispanic writer to win a Pulitzer the first being Oscar Hijuelos for Mambo Kings in 1990
Written by: gouletcolonial This user is banned, 8 Apr 2008 8:14 PM
From: Cuba, it is a secret the censors are looking for me
Diaz is a product of a dominican american background rich in both ....he moved to the states at the young age of 7 and is a product of a very good education....frequent trips back to the island connected him to his roots.....whats wrong with that wilmo do you want to disown him now because he is not Dominican enough for you
Written by: JRRubirosa, 8 Apr 2008 8:59 PM
From: United States, Port Washington, LI (New York)
Wilmo: drink "Kool aid" and shut up big ignorant, "Jews" live worlwide and whereever They go eventhough They might be 2,500 generation borned and raised ,They call Themselves "Jews"

Stop preaching and teaching what Your mind is short and needy.
Written by: SALSOUL, 9 Apr 2008 10:29 PM
From: Dominican Republic, UNC-Chapel Hill
Bravo, Junot...Bravo!

Glad you stopped by our university, UNC-Chapel Hill, to share your thoughts and talk to us students. Again, congratulations are in order!
Written by: willmo, 10 Apr 2008 11:31 AM
From: Dominican Republic
To JRRubirosa:
You are confused by comparing the history of an ethnic group (Jews)with the nationality of another group(Dominicans). I though you could offer a better argument than the comparison you used. I was expecting a response based on principles of what should be our relationship with our country push their thousand of their people to leave their country because of lack of opportunity to work; I though you could offer an argument based on the history of corruption of our leaders, our lack a decent educational system, our lack of justice for the poor, our lack of a health system that can help all social backgrounds. Instead, you just had personal attacks against me. You should read more!!
Written by: Manhattanite, 10 Apr 2008 1:48 PM
From: United States
Way to go Junot; you wrote a tale about our community that made many of us smile over and over, and garnered notable accolades and attention in the world outside the little pond that is DR and northern Manhattan.
Here is a good article in a British paper discussing where Junot's book can most appropriately be placed; http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/books....erging_from_the_supernatural.html . Let's just take pride that a novel about a fat Dominican nerd would even be noticed as far away as the UK.
Written by: gouletcolonial This user is banned, 10 Apr 2008 2:04 PM
From: Cuba, it is a secret the censors are looking for me
it will reverberate for a long time to come......Bravo
Written by: gouletcolonial This user is banned, 12 Apr 2008 10:16 PM
From: Cuba, it is a secret the censors are looking for me
this is a link to a brilliant article that appeared in gourmet magazine written by Diaz......it is up for consideration for a James Beard award for food writing and is the best guide on Dominican food you will find when visiting New York it is outstanding....http://www.gourmet.com/magazine/2000s/2007/09/elalto
Written by: gouletcolonial This user is banned, 12 Apr 2008 10:20 PM
From: Cuba, it is a secret the censors are looking for me
this is an interview that appeared in LA times 2 days ago also very interestinghttp://laist.com/2008/04/10/laist_interview_134.php
Written by: DominicanYork212, 16 Apr 2008 11:08 PM
From: United States
I'm proud of Junots work. He is a Dominican American. His writing is the result of America and la Republica Dominicana. We should be proud of him as Dominicans and Americans. It's great he's won the Pulitzer for the island as it shows different sides to the DOminican. They have a story on this same site about a college Dominican writer who won some award for his writing. I bet he was influenced by Diaz. I'm proud that more writers are coming from the island.
Written by: krzdanny, 16 Apr 2008 11:50 PM
From: United States
Congratulations to Professor Diaz, I guess this will make the MIT folks very happy (and keep his picture in their marketing brochure). I don't care if "Yunior" was educated by NJ public schools, Rutgers and Cornell. Anyone who can use terms like pariguayo, palomo and ripio so brilliantly is 100 % compatriota. One has to be Dominican-American to get the full meaning of this book.

Written by: gouletcolonial This user is banned, 17 Apr 2008 6:24 AM
From: Cuba, it is a secret the censors are looking for me
http://laist.com/2008/04/10/laist_interview_134.php LA times interview with Junot Diaz from April 10
Written by: Realwriterone, 17 Apr 2008 10:58 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Agree with KRZYDANNY no matter where Diaz was educated he's still someone all Dominicans should be proud us. In every interview he proudly mentions his connection to Santo Domingo. Check
out this story on this other dominican writer on this site. Latinos are taking over everything. Including writing. CONGRATS TO DIAZ!!!
http://www.dominicantoday.com/dr/....scholarship-to-prestigious-summer
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