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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (29 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Giannina Braschi Narrator: Adriana Sananes Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the Hispanic-American classic Empire of Dreams, Giannina Braschi calls for a revolution in poetry, a revolution against the Latin American Boom. New York City becomes the site of liberation for its marginal characters who seek to experience the center of power, of meaning, of feeling, and of personal identity. Clowns, buffoons, shepherds, magicians, and madmen perform their fantasies in the city streets. In a climatic episode of a pastoral revolution, shepherds take over the top floor of the Empire State Building, where they dance and sing, “Now we do whatever we please! Whatever we please! Whatever we damn well please!”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An ‘in-your-face assertion’ of the vitality of Latino culture in the US.”

    New York Daily News

  • “Laced with satire and eroticism with a cosmopolitan edge.”


  • “A striking collection of brief, evocative prose…Braschi’s sensibility is urban, that of a New York City observer who’s willing to test and re-imagine her impressions and sensations, at times with humorous gusto.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Diana | 9/8/2013

    " I fell in love with this book almost twenty years ago and I still love it today. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jessa | 8/22/2013

    " Extremely stylized book. It's not my thing. It's beautiful but I couldn't tell you what I was really reading but the prose was beautiful. Not my taste. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Donald Quist | 7/16/2013

    " I can't help but feel that something was lost in translation. There are some stand out moments of poetic prose but overall the narrative was too hard to follow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by D.A. | 4/8/2013

    " Definitely between a 4 and a 5. I enjoyed the structure, and I thought it had a lot of interesting things to say about death and its interface with reality/illusion. "

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