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When cutting-edge poet and novelist Giannina Braschi first published her postmodern pastiche Yo-Yo Boing! in 1998, it was swiftly heralded by academic titans such as Doris Sommer of Harvard, Jean Franco of Columbia, and Francine Masiello of U of California-Berkeley. This experimental work of dramatic fiction--composed as a linguistic hybrid of classic Golden Age Spanish, contemporary street Spanglish, and modern conversational American English--is "seen as the most complex and experimental of US Puerto Rican fiction yet to be written,” noted Marc Zimmerman in his study "Defending Their Own in the Cold: The Cultural Turns of U.S. Puerto Ricans." Full of lively debates about American and Latin American pop culture, poetry, art, sex, politics, Yo-Yo Boing! has become a staple in university courses on Latin American Literature, Linguistics, Hispanic-American culture, Latino Studies, and Contemporary American Fiction. AmazonCrossing has just rereleased this Spanglish literary tour de force in the bilingual original version, as well as in a dynamic new English translation by Tess O'Dwyer, Braschi's longtime collaborator who won the Columbia University Translation Center for her rendition of Braschi's poetry trilogy Empire of Dreams, which inaugurated the Yale Library of World Literature in Tanslation in 1994. These two books were rereleased by AmazonCrossing in 2011 in English and Spanish along with the long-awaited premiere of Braschi's latest book, "United States of Banana," which Barney Rosset of Evergreen Review declared, "a beautifully written declaration of personal independence." Giannina Braschi has said in TV and newspaper interviews that she writes in Spanish, Spanglish, and English to explore the enculturation process of millions of immigrants living in the United States. The work is exciting as much as a performance piece as it is a work of dramatic fiction. The Braschi series is for lovers of philosophical fiction, classic poetry, and NY art films a la My Dinner with Andre.  

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