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From Publishers Weekly

Writing in an elevated version of the "code-switching" half-Spanish, half English that is the daily language of many U.S.-born Latinos, Braschi's (Empire of Dreams) novel is at once a literary liberation and a frustrating challenge. Dispensing with a traditional story line, the work takes the form of an exuberant discussion involving an indeterminate number of speakers. Confusingly, these interlocutors are indicated only by a dash, not by name, while they yo-yo between languages and from subject to subject: writers, films, sex, childhood, family and, ultimately, Puerto Rican artistic expression in New York City. Allusions come helter-skelter, as Fellini, Pee-Wee Herman, Nabokov and even Columbia University Latin Americanist Jean Franco are invoked, celebrated and derided. The character who declares "Pero no me vas a tumbar al suelo [you're not going to knock me to the ground] after you've given me wings" expresses the conversation's conflicted mood and overarching defiant pride. Braschi's melange of prose and poetry, English and Spanish, is admirable for its energy, its experimental format and its insistence on Spanglish as a literary language, but those very qualities will render it of interest only to the most literary-minded of bilingualists.
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Though touted as a novel, this is more of a hybrid, both linguistically and structurally. It opens with a ten-page monolog in Spanish called "Close-Up," related by a woman assessing her physical, emotional, and intellectual features. The second section, "Blow-Up," centers on a conversation?half Spanish, half English?also narcissistic but at times focused outward, in which the speakers make emotional, intellectual, and artistic judgments about themselves and others. In the final short section, "Black-Out," a woman named Giannina, presumably the author, returns to a Spanish monolog. Braschi writes beautiful, malleable Spanish, playing with word forms in a musical, rhythmic way?some passages are a tour de force?but she is not as sure-footed in English. Though the long central dialog can be tiring, the book is often exciting, as much a performance piece as a novel, reflecting the way language is actually used. Purchase for literary, Latino, and feminist collections.?Harold Augenbraum, Mercantile Lib., New York
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossingEnglish; Spanglish edition (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161109089X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611090895
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #888,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PEN World Voices Festival named Giannina Braschi "one of the most revolutionary voices in Latin America today."

She wrote the postmodern poetry classic EMPIRE OF DREAMS and the Spanglish tour de force novel YO-YO BOING! The Associated Press praised Braschi's explosive new book UNITED STATES OF BANANA as a work of unlimited imagination and fearless language. Writing in Spanish, Spanglish, and English, Braschi explores the cultural and linguistic journey of millions of Hispanic immigrants to the USA and challenges the three politic options of her native Puerto Rico--Nation, Colony or State.

Giannina Braschi was a singer, tennis champion, and fashion model during her teen years in San Juan, before discovering literature as her calling.

With a Ph.D. in Golden Age Spanish Literature from the State University of New York-Stony Brook, she has written books and essays on the great Spanish poets Cervantes, Becquer, Garcilaso, Lorca, and Machado. She has won grant and awards from National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Ford Foundation, Danforth Scholarship, InterAmericas, Reed Foundations, Rutgers University, Puerto Rican Institute of Culture, and PEN American Center. She has also served as judge for the PEN book awards. Her collected poetry in English translation inaugurated the Yale Library of World Literature.


http://gianninabraschi.wordpress.com/about/

Contact: gbraschi@verizon.net

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 1999
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Love her or hate her, Braschi writes, as she says in the novel, "big books." And this one certainly demonstrates the power of her ambition. This is an important post-modernist work that attempts to grapple with the issues generated by the confusing hybridity that shapes the contemporary Puerto Rican world. Some of the reading is tedious, and although some parts are humorous, it is not the knee-slapping farce that some readers claim it is. But one cannot doubt Braschi's enormous talent. She's an intelligent, witty writer, clearly in command of her craft who takes risks. ---JL Torres-Padilla, UPR, Cayey
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alexis S. Mendez on November 4, 2000
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To enjoy "Yo-yo Boing!", you need to dominate both the English and Spanish languages, as the author shifts back and forth between the languages during the book.
The book is basically composed of dialogues -changing speakers, situations and characthers without transition- working as the flow of thoughts inside our minds. It is interesting, and I must grant that Braschi is a superb writer in terms of playing with words and styles.
The first half -in which she blames her boyfriend for her lack of inspiration, when she is really suffering from lazyness and writer's block- is extremely funny. However, the second half is a complete dissapointment, with a lot of so called intellectuals talking about how important they are because of poetry and art. I had to push myself to end this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 18, 1998
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Library Journal: A hybrid, both linguistically and structurally. Braschi writes beautiful malleable Spanish, playing with word forms in a musical rythmic way--some passages are a tour de force...The book is often exciting, as much as a performance piece as a novel, reflecting the way languages ia actually used. Recommended for Literary, Latino, and feminist collections.
Publishers Weekly: An elevated version of the code-switching half-Spanish, half English that is the daily language of many US born latinos, Braschi's novel is a literary liberation. The interlocutors yo-yo between languages and from subject to subject: writers, films, sex childhood, family and ultimately Puerto Rican artistic expression in New York City. Allusions come helter-skelter, as Fellini, Pee-Wee Herman, Nabokov and even Columbia University Latin Americanist Jean Franco are invoked, celebrated and derided...Braschi's melange of prose and poetry, English and Spanish is admirable for its energy, its experimental format and it insistence on Spanglish as a literary language...Of interest to literary minded bilingualists.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "dmsultan" on January 1, 2002
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I picked up this novel for course work in Latin American Studies and I couldn't put it down. This piece is so original, stirring and emotionally gripping that I have recommended it to friends and family. You don't have to be a major in Latin American Literature to make the most of this novel. You have to have a sense of humor and fierce concentration. It's a fast talking book, one that will linger in my imagination for a long time to come.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 14, 1999
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While the lovers quarrels were lively and very funny (felt like the narrator was peeping in my bedroom window!), the real pill was the recreation the New York party & gallery scene. The cocktail party conversations, the cooing at modern art, and the fights over meaning and form were right on cue! Hyterical. FABU! Lines like "Multiculturalism is dead. The fact that we teach it in universities is proof enough." Great!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 23, 1999
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EL DIARIO/LA PRENSA honored the author of Yo-Yo Boing! among the OUTSTANDING LATINAS OF 1999 during their 4th annul awards ceremony at The Plaza Hotel on March 17th. Braschi was celebrated for her outstanding achievements in literature, specifically for her controversal new bilingual novel Yo-Yo Boing! Felicidades, Giannina! It's a great book. Nobody writes like you do! (M.Arce, NYC)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12, 1999
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A shot of adrenaline through your literary viens! Novels haven't been this exciting in years! So proud it's one from my island!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By eatquestnyc on June 26, 2012
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I just re read this book having gotten back into Ms Braschi after finishing her mind blowing new book United States of Banana. So glad that I did! It held up and then some. Her humor runs deep, is very dark and also makes you just giggle. Sometimes I felt like she was expressing thoughts that I assumed were only in my head but she could articulate them and give them great meaning. Ha. Yes, you have to concentrate but how lovely to do that again in this age of the quick light fix and sound bites. I don't think there are writers at present who are doing what she does, capturing the social and intellectual scene of the time and thinking in a manner that is passionate, moving and so far outside any box I could even dream of. She challenges the reader and also kind of says - hey c'mon, this will be a blast. Read it. Have a great time.
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