Junot Diaz on why romantic men cheat


Pulitzer Prize-winning American writer Junot Diaz brings back on old friend with his latest collection of short stories, This is How You Lose Her. The book's central figure, Yunior, also starred in Diaz's 1996 debut short story collection Drown.

"If you put this book together with my first book, Drown, it becomes apparent to the reader that these stories are chapters in a big broken novel," he told Jian, adding that he wanted to represent the "subset of dudes who aren't kind of this repellent, obvious, cheater types."

"I think there is a whole category of guy who is about 80 per cent normal and a core part of them has an inability to engage in real intimacy."

Diaz explains why Yunior struggles to put his heart in someone else's hands, why deeply-conflicted characters are so familiar, and why he believes himself to be a romantic despite having his own unfaithful side.

Diaz won a Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for his novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. The focus of the American literary community has been on him since his debut book, and he has published stories in The New Yorker and The Paris Review.

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