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United States of Banana: A Graphic Novel
by Giannina Braschi and Joakim Lindengren
edited by Amanda M. Smith and Amy Sheeran
The Ohio State University Press, 2021
eISBN: 978-0-8142-8109-3 | Paper: 978-0-8142-5786-9
Library of Congress Classification PN6790.P93B738 2021
Dewey Decimal Classification 741.597295

“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, the story 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, the characters debate far-ranging political and philosophical subjects, spanning terrorism, global warming, mass incarceration, revolution, and love. The Marx Brothers, Pablo Neruda, Barack Obama, Disney characters and more make appearances in this stirring call to overthrow empire, liberate the imprisoned masses, and build a new country rooted in friendship, art, poetry, and laughter.
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