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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: November 2012 ISBN: 9781469201047
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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!” Newly translated by Tess O’Dwyer, this edition captures the euphoric spirit of the Spanish original and is an exquisite piece of artistry in its own right. “A masterpiece, brilliantly translated. Braschi writes as an accomplished cosmopolitan heir(ess) to the tradition of Lorca, Neruda, Mistral, and Marquez.” – Alicia Ostriker “Good poets write great poems. Great poets create a new language. Giannina Braschi is a brilliant artist who has invented a syntax that reveals how we think, suffer, and take delight in the twenty-first century. Though the tone can be playful, her work has deep roots in the subversive side of classical literature. The scale is epic.” – D.Nurkse “Braschi is a constantly brilliant writer — her writing is the lively moment time and time again. She’s a treasure, a midnight, a sharp sun. In her work everybody lives.” – Michael Burkard “Braschi writes with a strong poetic tradition behind her, and from her erudite standpoint she forges an odd mixture of poetry, prose, drama, and a little of what could be considered music. She imbues her text with jollity and a brilliant energy that stretches its audience from lovers of modernism to seekers of a broadened artistry of language.” – Carolyn Kuebler, Review of Contemporary Fiction “An ‘in-your-face assertion’ of the vitality of Latino culture in the U.S.” – New York Daily News “A striking collection of brief, evocative prose.” – Publishers Weekly Download and start listening now!


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  • “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

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 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 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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About the Author

Giannina Braschi is a native of Puerto Rico and an influential and versatile writer of poetry, fiction, and essays. She was a tennis champion and fashion model during her youth in San Juan, before moving to Madrid to study with the Spanish poets Carlos Busoño and Claudio Rodriguez. She lived in Paris, Rome, and London before settling in New York, where she has taught at Rutgers University, City University, and Colgate University. She holds a PhD in Golden Age Spanish literature and has written on Cervantes, Garcilaso, Lorca, Machado, Vallejo, and Bécquer. Her cutting-edge work in Spanish, Spanglish, and English has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, el diario, PEN American Center, Ford Foundation, Danforth Scholarship, InterAmericas, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, and Reed Foundation. She currently serves as a literary judge for the PEN Book Awards.

About the Narrator

Adriana Sananes is an award-winning actress and an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. She narrated the documentary Children of Fate, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and nominated for an Academy Award, and has recorded over eighty bestsellers including Loving Che, The Dark Bride, My Sister Frida, The Dirty Girls Social Club, the Grammy-nominated Brown Bear Series by Eric Carle, and the Audie-nominated How the García Girls Lost Their Accent by Julia Álvarez.