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The novel, Ilaw sa Hilaga (Northern Lights) was originally published as "Bayang Nagpatiwakal" in 1931. It depicts the 1920s, during the American colonial period in the Philippines. By this time, the war for independence which started in 1896 had already subsided and the colony had entered into a delicate period of peace time. There is… Continue reading Ilaw Sa Hilaga (Lazaro Francisco, 1980)
A novel about the interactions of sex that is powerfully repulsive and captivating at the same time In Japan and the English-speaking world, Ryu Murakami first became known with his novel "Coin Locker Babies" (1980). In it he describes the life of two boys who were exposed in locker rooms in infancy and grew up… Continue reading Piercing (Ryu Murakami, 2009)
"What is the actual situation of a secondary writer, if not on a single, huge drain?" When Santiago Gamboa, on the first page of his most recent novel with Gombrowicz's voice, scoffs at the inferior writers, it is almost self-evident that he himself is not one of those pitiful creatures of the literary rearguard. For, as Gamboa… Continue reading The East-West Burlesque of Santiago Gamboa