The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

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How is the drama of Oscar Wao's life shaped and complicated by the contours of Dominican history, both under Rafael Trujillo and in the long, contentious aftermath of his dictatorship?

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The simple answer to this question is that because Oscar's family lived through the trauma of Trujillo's dictatorship, he was raised in the shadow of that pain. His grandfather protected his family for as long as he could, but eventually Trujillo touched even his rich and privileged life. His mother, the only one to survive the fallout, has the bad luck of falling in love with the husband of Trujillo's sister. She is beaten nearly to...

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