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- Full Title: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
- When Written: 2005-2007
- When Published: 2007
- Literary Period: Postmodernism, Contemporary Dominican-American Literature
- Genre: Contemporary Fiction
- Setting: Paterson, New Jersey; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic – 1944-1997
- Climax: Oscar’s final return to the Dominican Republic, where he consummates his relationship with Ybón. Oscar is then killed for his love of Ybón, a prostitute with ties to the old Trujillo regime.
- Antagonist: Trujillo, The Capitán
- Point of View: First Person Narrator
Extra Credit for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Alter Ego. Yunior, the narrator of Oscar Wao, is also the main character of Diaz’s previous novel Drown and his later collection of short stories, This is How You Lose Her. Díaz has called Yunior a “quasi-autobiographical figure”.
A Big Deal. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and in 2015 was named one of the most important works of literature in the 20th century.