United States of Banana

United States of Banana Groundbreaking Puerto Rican novelist and poet Giannina Braschi continues her exploration of the Hispanic American experience in this vibrant new allegorical novel her first written originally in Engl

  • Title: United States of Banana
  • Author: Giannina Braschi
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  • Page: 453
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • United States of Banana

    Groundbreaking Puerto Rican novelist and poet Giannina Braschi continues her exploration of the Hispanic American experience in this vibrant new allegorical novel, her first written originally in English It 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 SGroundbreaking Puerto Rican novelist and poet Giannina Braschi continues her exploration of the Hispanic American experience in this vibrant new allegorical novel, her first written originally in English It 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 than one hundred years in the dungeon of liberty, hidden away by his father, the king of the United States of Banana, for the simple crime of being 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 serves as a beautifully written declaration of personal independence.

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    1. Rebecca McNutt

      United States of Banana had some great lines and was an interesting allegory, but often seemed more confusing than anything else.

    2. Literary Translator

      Giannina Braschi's originality is not only refreshing, but intellectually thrilling. "Original" is the first word that comes to mind upon reading United States of Banana. Then comes "profound" and soon upon it "revolutionary". Stylistically and structurally, this book is a hybrid of essays, short stories, and drama with flares of political philosophy. It's a brilliant, humorous critique of contemporary American culture during the Bush-Obama era, a turning point for the empire. The work envisions [...]

    3. John Hubbard

      I wanted to like this. I like the sentiments. I like the playfulness. I didn't like the book, however. I had to plow through it on a couple of trans-Pacific flights. There is some amazing imagery (statue of liberty's vagina and Hamlet, etc.), some very poignant lines and funny bits. I just could barely make it through this.

    4. Edward Rathke

      Absolutely brilliant. Hilarious, intelligent, linguistically beautiful, and politically relevant. If you've any interest in Latin American/US politics, poetry, philosophy, then this is a book for you. Really impressed by this book, which begins as a series of monologues by the author, Hamlet, and Zarathustra, but becomes a conversation between them and various other historical and contemporary people about the fate of Puerto Rico, in relation to the US. Maybe the most impressive part about this [...]

    5. Tim Rideout

      “Zarathustra: Do you have words? Do your words belong to you?Giannina: No, my answer is no. I have no property in the dictionary. Words are anonymous like the disenfranchised masses that haven't been weighed - or named - or framed. My words belong to those who don't belong.” ― Giannina Braschi, United States of Banana An innovative and challenging view of post-9/11 America. Braschi plays with poetic, dramatic and prose forms to observe the impact of 9/11 from her perspective as an alienate [...]

    6. Keren Verna

      Se me hace difícil poner estrellas a esta obra. Encontré el libro en amazon y leí la muestra que ofrece y me encantó. Las primeras páginas son, para mí, las más interesantes del libro. Narra sobre el 11S y la experiencia de una inmigrante de Puerto Rico y su vida en EEUU. El tono es irónico, con una mirada que me gustó mucho y sobre todo, con un toque de excentricidad. Luego, de repente, se torna otra cosa, una especie de ensayo que a mí no me aportó nada nuevo. Se me tornó muy eleva [...]

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