America Is in the Heart (Penguin Classics)

ISBN9780143134039
PublisherPenguin Putnam Inc.
PublishedMay 21, 2019
Pages384
AuthorCarlos Bulosan
FormatPAPERBACK
Weight0.3 Kg.
Height7.8 in.
Width5.1 in.
Depth0.8 in.

America Is in the Heart (Penguin Classics)

Carlos Bulosan

PAPERBACK

May 21, 2019

A 1946 Filipino American social classic about the United States in the 1930s from the perspective of a Filipino migrant laborer who endures racial violence and struggles with the paradox of the American dream, with a foreword by novelist Elaine Castillo.

Poet, essayist, novelist, fiction writer and labor organizer, Carlos Bulosan (1911-1956) wrote one of the most influential working class literary classics about the U.S. pre-World War II, a period and setting similar to that of Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath and Cannery Row. Bulosan's semi-autobiographical novel America is in the Heart begins with the narrator's rural childhood in the Philippines and the struggles of land-poor peasant families affected by US imperialism after the Spanish American War of the late 1890s. Carlos's experiences with other Filipino migrant laborers, who endured intense racial abuse in the fields, orchards, towns, cities and canneries of California and the Pacific Northwest in the 1930s, reexamine the ideals of the American dream. Bulosan was one of the most important 20th century social critics with his deeply moving account of what it was like to be criminalized in the U.S. as a Filipino migrant drawn to the ideals of what America symbolized and committed to social justice for all marginalized groups.

Buy America Is in the Heart by Carlos Bulosan and other Penguin Classic books at Fully Booked online and at Fully Booked branches in the Philippines.

America Is in the Heart (Penguin Classics)

Carlos Bulosan

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Information

ISBN9780143134039
PublisherPenguin Putnam Inc.
PublishedMay 21, 2019
Pages384
AuthorCarlos Bulosan
FormatPAPERBACK
Weight0.3 Kg.
Height7.8 in.
Width5.1 in.
Depth0.8 in.

Synopsis

A 1946 Filipino American social classic about the United States in the 1930s from the perspective of a Filipino migrant laborer who endures racial violence and struggles with the paradox of the American dream, with a foreword by novelist Elaine Castillo.

Poet, essayist, novelist, fiction writer and labor organizer, Carlos Bulosan (1911-1956) wrote one of the most influential working class literary classics about the U.S. pre-World War II, a period and setting similar to that of Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath and Cannery Row. Bulosan's semi-autobiographical novel America is in the Heart begins with the narrator's rural childhood in the Philippines and the struggles of land-poor peasant families affected by US imperialism after the Spanish American War of the late 1890s. Carlos's experiences with other Filipino migrant laborers, who endured intense racial abuse in the fields, orchards, towns, cities and canneries of California and the Pacific Northwest in the 1930s, reexamine the ideals of the American dream. Bulosan was one of the most important 20th century social critics with his deeply moving account of what it was like to be criminalized in the U.S. as a Filipino migrant drawn to the ideals of what America symbolized and committed to social justice for all marginalized groups.

Buy America Is in the Heart by Carlos Bulosan and other Penguin Classic books at Fully Booked online and at Fully Booked branches in the Philippines.

Editorial Reviews

"In its accessibility and the seeming simplicity of its narrative style, America can be read as an expression of hope and belief in the United States’ ideals, in spite of the terrible struggles that had to be endured by the protagonist and his compatriots."

– University of Washington Press Blog

"The cruel consequences of this contempt are powerfully presented in America Is in the Heart, the 1946 autobiographical novel by Filipino poet and writer Carlos Bulosan (1913-1956). The work chronicles a little over a decade (1930-1941) of Bulosan's struggle to be a better American than the ones he met, a time in which he organized unions and fought discrimination. The novel ultimately exalts the resilience and resolve of all American immigrants and migrant workers."

– The Chicago Reader