Giannina Braschi explores the cultural and political journey of nearly 50 million Hispanic Americans living in the United States in this explosive new work of fiction, her first written in originally in English. United States of Banana takes place at the Statue of Liberty in post-9/11 New York City, where Hamlet, Zarathustra, and Giannina are on a quest to free the Puerto Rican prisoner Segismundo. Segismundo has been imprisoned for more than one hundred years, hidden away by his father, the king of the United States of Banana, for the crime of having been born. But when the king remarries, he frees his son, and for the sake of reconciliation, makes Puerto Rico the fifty-first state and grants American passports to all Latin American citizens. This staggering show of benevolence rocks the global community, causing an unexpected power shift with far-reaching implications. In a world struggling to realign itself in favor of liberty, United States of Banana is a force to be reckoned with in literature, art, and politics.
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About the Author
Giannina Braschi is Puerto Rico’s most influential and versatile writer of poetry, fiction, and essays. She was a tennis champion and fashion model during her teen years before discovering writing. She lived in Madrid, Paris, Rome, and London before settling in New York where she taught at Colgate, Rutgers, and City University. With a Ph.D. in Golden Age Spanish literature, she has written on Cervantes, Garcilaso, Lorca, Machado, Vallejo, and Bécquer. Author of Empire of Dreams and Yo-Yo Boing!, Braschi’s cutting-edge work has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, the NY Foundation for the Arts, El Diario, PEN American Center, Ford Foundation, Danforth Scholarship, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, and Reed Foundation. She writes in three languages—Spanish, Spanglish, and English—to express the enculturation process of Hispanic immigrants—and to explore the three political options of her island—Nation, Colony, or State. Braschi dedicates her life’s work to inspiring liberation.
Her previous publications have been praised by the New York Daily News, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, Rain Taxi, DiverseCity Magazine, and the Boston Globe.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"Empire of Dreams by Giannina Braschi is a wild surreal prose-poetic ode to living in New York City as if it was caught between the urban and a land of mythic dreams. An incredible sense of language and the immediacy of the process of writing as a saving grace. Honestly I need to reread it, many many times, and you should too," raved THE ABSENT NARRATIVE. The poetry here is high modernist in its generosity of spirit, expansiveness of vision, and its love of playfulness. Braschi is a poet's poet.