Giannina Braschi wins the National Award from the North American Academy of the Spanish Language

“The jury unanimously chose Giannina Braschi whose rich and generous career defies any simplistic classification,” announced Carlos E. Paldao, director of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language. “Her prolific career, which spans from groundbreaking research on Hispanic classics to her spectacular work as a renowned and award-winning creative, places her among the most innovative and influential voices of Hispanic letters in United States. Braschi contributes to the dissemination of Hispanic culture and literature from the most avant-garde and invigorating perspective. She left her mark, not only on the Spanish world but also on the English-speaking world, given the importance that some of her works have had in striking translations. Her writing reflects the richness of language taken to new linguistic and narrative heights by masterfully interweaving literary genres and linguistic explorations, in tune with new forms of expression, of which she is a pioneer,” added Paldao.

Braschi expressed his joy at winning the academy’s highest honour. “It is particularly significant for me to receive this wonderful news on the occasion of the anniversary of Cervantes’ life. My literary career begins with Cervantes. At the age of 22, I wrote an essay entitled “Five ephemeral characters on by Don Quixote Path” which focuses on the Don Quixote ideals: love, poetry, chivalry, freedom and justice,” she explained. “The essay begins thus: ‘Don Quixote-Alonso Quijano, an old man: a double creature with a cast that imprisons an intimate core, a bell, always restless and full of life.’ I consider this essay as the beginning of my work. I am currently finishing a book entitled Putinoika, a term I coined to define the era of Putin and Trump. We used to have Perestroika, and now we have Putinoika. We used to have angels in America, like Tony Kushner said, and now we have Putinas in America. Whether I write in Spanish, Spanglish or English, and regardless of the genre, I always have these quixotic ideals in my heart and in my mind.”

With a doctorate. in the Hispanic literatures of the State University of New Yorkshe taught at Rutgers Universitythe City University of New Yorkand Colgate University.

His work represents an essential contribution to the advancement, strengthening and expansion of the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures in United States, in addition to being highly innovative and of extraordinary intellectual value. She is prominent among Latin American intellectuals for her critical stance against American colonialism and for the alternate use of Spanish, Spanglish, and English in her work.

A blend of poetry, drama and philosophy, Braschi’s best-known titles include empire of dreams (1988), about its socio-political, cultural and linguistic relationship with New York City; Yo-Yo Boing! (1998), a book written in Spanish that tackles themes such as racism, colonialism and domestic violence; and United States banana (2011), a geopolitical tragicomedy that satirizes the fall of the American empire and the liberation of Porto Rico.

His publications have achieved considerable national and pan-Hispanic notoriety and are widely taught in colleges and universities around the world. It is the subject of an abundant and constantly expanding critical bibliography, including a recent anthology edited by Frederick Luis Aldama and Tess O’Dwyer, Poets, Philosophers, Lovers. On the writings of Giannina Braschi.

Braschi’s work has inspired countless cultural adaptations, from the Puerto Rican composer’s musical compositions Gabriel Bouche Caro to the graphic novel version of United States banana by Swedish cartoonist Joakim Lindengren. She recently won the Cambiemos Spanish Magazine Award Cambio 16.

“The decision of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language to select Giannina Braschi for the Enrique Anderson Imbert Prize 2022 not only increases the international recognition of this eminent Puerto Rican writer, but also marks an important step in the pan-Hispanic openness to works that question – with masterful precision and without ideological clichés – the boundaries between genres and languages, articulating a polyphonic, philosophical and poetic vision of the tragicomedy of postmodern globalism,” noted José Luis Vega, director of the Puerto Rican Academy of the Spanish Language. “Cervantes, whose memory is revered this week, would certainly have agreed with the jury’s decision. Congratulations, Giannina Braschi!”

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