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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

A Novel

by Junot Diaz

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
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    Sep 2007, 352 pages
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    Sep 2008, 352 pages

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As much the tale of a teenage misfit as it is the story of the Dominican Diaspora in the United States, The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is filled with references to the Dominican Republic, and in particular to the ruler whose profile defined the country in the twentieth century - Rafael Leonidas Trujillo, the "Dictatingest Dictator who ever Dictated". (J.D.)

A Short History of the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic occupies two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with Haiti (map). Claimed by Christopher Columbus in 1492, Hispaniola became a springboard for Spanish conquest of the Caribbean and the American mainland. In 1697, Spain recognized French ...

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