Det er fredag, og i aften skal jeg ud og fejre en venindes nye job med lækre drinks, men inden da har jeg lidt tid til at læse i ugens fredagsbog, som er The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao af Junot Díaz, som længe har stået på min to-read liste. 

Bogen skildrer den dominikanske identitet og immigrantlivet i USA og blander kulturelle og magiske elementer som fukú-forbandelsen – en forbandelse europæerne tog med sig til den nye verden – med ubehagelige vidnesbyrd fra tiden med Rafael Trujillo som diktator i den Dominikanske Republik. 

Historien er både skræmmende og humoristisk, og karakterne fantastiske: fra den overvægtige, sci-fi-elskende outsider Oscar til hans skaldede, viljestærke søster og hans storbarmede, kræftramte og rævesnu mor. 

Det er virkelig en fornøjelse at læse denne bog, og derfor glæder jeg mig nu endnu mere til på mandag, hvor jeg er blevet inviteret til at opleve Junot Díaz, som gæster Den Sorte Diamant i København. 
 
Er der andre, som skal afsted? 
ENGLISH BELOW
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It’s friday and tonight I’m off to celebrate my friend’s new job with drinks, but before that I’ve got a little time to read. Currently it’s Junot Días’ novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which I’ve had on my to-read list for quite some time.
 
The novel portrays the dominican identity and the immigrant life in USA, and it mixes both cultural and magic elements such as the fukú curse – a curse the europeans brought with them to the new world – and nerve-wrecking stories from the time with Rafael Trujillo as a dictator in the Dominican Republic. 
 
The story is both terrifying and humorous, and the characters are fantastic: from the overweight, sci-fi loving outsider Oscar to his bald, strong-willed sister and his big-bosomed, cancer-suffering and sly mum. 
 
It’s such a pleasure reading this book, and that’s why I’m even more excited about monday, where I’ve been invited to an event with Junot Díaz in Copenhagen. 
 
Have you read anything by Díaz and what do you think of his way of portraying Dominican identity? 

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