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Junot Diaz opens his novel of clashing cultures, stereotypes, dreams of a better life and the curse of the doomed with a description of an ancient African curse that plays a prominent role in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, the fuku:

“They say it came first from Africa, carried in the screams of the enslaved; that it was the death bane of the Taínos, uttered just as one world perished and another began; that it was a demon drawn into Creation through the nightmare door that was cracked open in the Antilles. Fukú americanus, or more colloquially; fukú — generally a curse or a doom of some kind; specifically the Curse and the Doom of the New World.”

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is a tragedy that slowly reveals the extent of the suffering endured by one family, first at the hands of the brutal dictatorship that ruled the Dominican Republic under Rafael Trujillo, and later during this family’s transplanted life as immigrants in the United States.  The novel’s main...

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