By Giannina Braschi

An fascinating and hypnotizing paintings of postmodern fiction from groundbreaking Hispanic-American author Giannina Braschi, Empire of Dreams chronicles a decade-long love affair with Eighties big apple and all its contradictions. The city’s perversions and passions, strength and marginality, grandeur and squalor come vibrantly to existence in all the book’s 3 sections. “Book of Clowns and Buffoons” imagines lifestyles within the urban as a carnival-style spectacle that eventually results in chaos. encouraged through the Puerto Rican Day parade, a bucolic get together reclaims the town in “Pastoral.” And “The Intimate Diary of Solitude” spoofs the paranormal realism of Latin American novelists akin to Gabriel Garcia Marquez with its story of aspiring actress-writer Mariquita Samper, who files the times of her more and more outlandish existence in a paranormal diary. Wildly innovative, wealthy and complex, Empire of Dreams has garnered sparkling compliment for being “an ‘in-your-face assertion’ of the power of Latino tradition within the US” (New York Daily News).

In this notable choice of short, evocative prose items, lots of them just one paragraph lengthy, Puerto Rican-born Braschi, a professor of Spanish on the urban college of recent York, describes moments of expertise and their contingencies. "The day jumped today," starts one piece, and the author's brief, direct sentences--often either surreal and reportorial--accurately mirror peculiar interruptions of normalcy and flights of recognition. Braschi's sensibility is city, that of a brand new York urban observer who's keen to check and re-imagine her impressions and sensations, from time to time with funny gusto. As translated via O'Dwyer, her rhythmic, vigorous prose is tough but accessible.
-- Publishers Weekly

“Good poets write nice poems. nice poets create a brand new language. Giannina Braschi is an excellent artist who has invented a syntax that unearths how we predict, undergo, and take enjoy the twenty-fisrt century. notwithstanding the tone may be playful, her paintings has deep roots within the subversive aspect of classical literature. the dimensions is epic.”
-- D.Nurkse, writer of the autumn and The Border country

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By the end of that year, however, he collapsed as a result of a particularly noxious episode of London’s famous “smog,” and he was hospitalized under continuous oxygen for the next five weeks. It was a setback from which the 74year-old poet never fully recovered. Much of 1963 found Eliot in and out of hospitals as his lungs and heart continued to deteriorate so that by September of that year, when the American poet Allen Tate visited him in London, Tate later reported that Eliot was so weakened with illness that he was barely able to get around even with the help of two canes, and he could not find the strength to wave goodbye to Tate.

A new production of The Family Reunion, which had experienced a disappointing five-week run when it first premiered in London in 1939, was successfully mounted at the Mercury Theatre in October 1946. Both that play and Murder in the Cathedral were selected for performances for the inaugural season of the Edinburgh Festival in 1947. Eliot was encouraged by these successes to begin to think in terms of another project for the stage, and by July 1948 he sent a draft of the first three acts of this new play, which he originally titled “One-Eyed Reilly,” to Martin Browne.

This is why, once Eliot is past the execrable racist and bigoted overtones of his first few pages, which are meant mainly for the consumption of his largely Southern, white audience, he gets down to business by mixing his metaphors among the religious, the literary, and the political. Specifically, Eliot sets the reader up with one set of anticipations both by the quasi-religious implications of the book’s title (especially his subtitle, “A Primer on Modern Heresy”) and by his emphasizing, early on, the importance of a common religious background in fostering a people’s tradition.

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