Monday June 1, 2020

Arts Interview: Out of place

Dominican-American author Junot Díaz has won praise for his skilful depiction of an immigrant's life, writes Peter Geoghegan.

1st September, 2012
Junot Díaz: his fiction deals with the absent, the untold and the untellable. Photo: Getty

Growing up in 1970s New Jersey, Junot Díaz was a self-confessed 'book slut'. The young Dominican immigrant - his family arrived in the United States when he was just six - read everything from Richard Adams and Enid Blyton to graphic novels.

At the age of eight, the voracious Díaz worked his way through all 25 instalments of a series entitled the Young American Biographies.

"They were these hundred-page things about famous...

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