Books About Giannina Braschi

Poets, Philosophers, Lovers

On the Writings of Giannina Braschi

 (Latinx and Latin American Literature, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020).

This collection of essays, edited by Frederick Luis Aldama and Tess O’Dwyer, perfectly aligns with Braschi’s literary proposals and aesthetics by providing a variety of critical voices and commentary on her work that help contextualize and further comprehend the important legacy of Braschi’s incomparable genius and craft.

Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies

This is a welcome and well-conceived volume on the extraordinary work of Giannina Braschi, a Puerto Rican writer and consummate New Yorker whose creative decolonizing of aesthetics and culture deserves sustained critical engagement.


At long last! Aldama and O’Dwyer have brought together a lineup of talent to match the vivacious audacity of Giannina Braschi. Admirers of Braschi will feast on every sumptuous page of this book, and they’ll return to her lush storyworlds with renewed vigor. Poets, Philosophers, Lovers reveals the challenging necessity of this transformative Latinx author.

Christopher González
Director of the Latinx Cultural Center

Recommended by World Literature Today.

Latinx Philosophy

United States of Banana

A Graphic Novel

(Latinographix and Comic Studies, The Ohio State University Press, 2021).

I was a monument to immigration—now I’m a border control cop.” So admits the Statue of Liberty in Giannina Braschi’s United States of Banana, a rollicking and nakedly political allegory of US imperialism and Puerto Rican independence. Illustrated by Swedish comic book artist Joakim Lindengren and based on Braschi’s epic manifesto by the same title, this graphic novel takes us along on the madcap adventures of Zarathustra, Hamlet, and Giannina herself as they rescue the Puerto Rican prisoner Segismundo from under the skirt of the Statue of Liberty. Throughout their quest, these characters debate far-ranging political and philosophical subjects, spanning terrorism, global warming, mass incarceration, revolution, and love. The Marx Brothers, Pablo Neruda, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Disney characters and more make appearances in this stirring call to overthrow empire, liberate the imprisoned masses, and build a new world rooted in friendship, art, poetry, and laughter.

The work opens with an introduction by Amanda M. Smith and Amy Sheeran and closes with discussion questions as a classroom guide to teaching United States of Banana, A Graphic Novel. 

United States of Banana: A Graphic Novel is a work of metamorphoses and of becomings, masterfully achieved through the image inspiring words of the iconic Latinx poet and radical thinker Giannina Braschi and the artwork of Joakim Lindengren, whose illustrations give them a bizarre and beautiful twist. Where Braschi parodies—always with utmost respect—the history of literature, Lindengren does the same with the history of art (classical and contemporary), and together they have created a book of words and images, an artefact, an event. 


Latinx Philosophy Philosophy, Latinx poetry, Latinx philosophers

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