Junot Díaz Wins Award for Best Foreign Novel in Brazil

Miguel Cruz Tejada (Dominicanos Hoy) reports that U.S./Dominican writer, Junot Díaz, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, continues crossing international borders and languages barriers. Grupo Editorial Record, who published the Portuguese translation of the novel in 2009, awarded Díaz the 2010 Prize for Best Foreign Novel in Brazil. The award is the most important prize in Brazil for foreign literature. The Grupo Editorial Record title is A fantástica vida breve de Oscar Wao. Other Portuguese translations use the title A breve e assombrosa vida de Oscar Wao.

Díaz’s primary competitors were writers Philip Roth, Joseph O´Neill, Jonathan Coe, Clauido Magris, JMG Le Clézio, David Grossman, and Haruki Murakami. Acclaimed by critics and most prestigious publishers in the world, Díaz’s novel was ranked first on The New York Times Best Sellers list 20 consecutive weeks and was a great success in Brazil. The Brazilian publisher says, “This book is a literary triumph that confirms that Junot is one of the best and most impressive voices of our time.”

For full article (in Spanish), see http://dominicanoshoy.com/articulos/archivos/2010/diciembre/articulo/junot-diaz-gana-mejor-novela-extranjera-en-brasil/

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