Ilustrado

Author(s): SYJUCO Miguel

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Crispin Salvador, lion of Philippine letters, dead in the Hudson River. His young acolyte, Miguel, sets out to investigate the author's suspicious death and the strange disappearance of an unfinished manuscript - a work that had been planned not just to return the once-great author to fame but to expose the corruption behind the rich families who have ruled the Philippines for generations. To understand the death, Miguel scours the life, charting Salvador's trajectory via his poetry, interviews, novels, polemics, and memoirs. The literary fragments become patterns, become stories, become epic: a family saga of four generations tracing 150 years of Philippine history forged under the Spanish, the Americans, and the Filipinos themselves. Finally, we are surprised to learn that this story belongs to young Miguel as much as to his lost mentor, and we are treated to an unhindered view of a society caught between reckless decay and hopeful progress.

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Miguel Syjuco is 31. He was born in Manila, lived for a decade in Canada, spent three years in Adelaide completing his PhD in creative writing and currently works as an editor at the Gazette in Montreal. Ilustrado won the largest literary prize in the Philippines, the Palanca Award and was recently awarded the Man Asia Literary Award for the best unpublished novel, written in English, by an Asian writer. Ilustrado will be published by Farrar Straus Girroux in the US and Picador in the UK.

General Fields

  • : 9781741669107
  • : VIN
  • : VIN
  • : May 2010
  • : 233mm X 153mm X 25mm
  • : Australia
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : SYJUCO Miguel
  • : TP
  • : 610
  • : 895
  • : 320