This year’s Pulitzer Price winner for fiction with his novel, “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” it is said that Díaz needed eleven years to complete this narrative of Oscar and of his extravagant Dominican family that emigrated to New Jersey. The central themes of his writings pivot on immigration. Díaz himself arrived with his family in New Jersey at the age of seven from the Dominican Republic. In 1992 he graduated from Rutgers University, majoring in English, and earned his MFA at Cornell University in 1995. In 1997 he published a collection of short stories titled “Drown” which was widely recognized with extraordinary reviews. He teaches creative writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and writes for “The Boston Review” and for “The New Yorker,” in which many of his tales have been published. In Italy his books are published by Mondadori.