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United States of Banana

by Giannina Braschi

  Print book : Fiction

A Big Book of Hysterical Realism by Latinx Author    (2020-04-18)

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United States of Banana is a cross-genre work of political philosophy, experimental fiction, and satirical poetry by the Puerto Rican author Giannina Braschi. It is a "big book" of ideas in the genre of Hysterical Realism, along the lines of David Foster Wallace, Salman Rushdie, Zadie Smith, and Jonathan Frazen. The work opens with a graphic depiction of the body of businessman falling from the Twin Towers during the terrorist attack of September 11th and closes with a manifesto on love and gratitude for life. In between there are scathing critiques of American capitalism and its abused global workforce, dramatizations of mass incarceration in the so called "free world", humorous poems about the tyranny of debt structures, tirades on the cause and effect of global warming, comedic plans to liberate Puerto Rico from the United States of Banana by conspiring with the political leaders of China, Venezuela, Bolivia, Cuba, and Argentina.  With characters named Hamlet, Zarathustra, Segismundo, Basilio, and Gertrude, there is no shortage of erudite references to Golden Age and Renaissance literature, but there is also a simple comic book element to the dialogues and plenty of 21st century news references that introduce surprise and laughter. 

United States of Banana is recommended for courses in Humor, Satire, Postmodernism, Postcolonialism, Neoliberalism, Hysterical Realism, American Novel, Latinx Literature, and Puerto Rican Studies. 

 

 

 




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