Ilustrado

ISBN9780312572938
PublisherPicador
PublishedMay 1, 2011
Pages336
AuthorMiguel Syjuco
FormatPAPERBACK
Weight0.5 Kg.
Height9.0 in.
Width6.0 in.
Depth0.7 in.

Ilustrado

Miguel Syjuco

PAPERBACK

May 1, 2011

WINNER OF THE 2008 MAN ASIAN LITERARY PRIZE
NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR

It begins with a body. On a clear day in winter, the battered corpse of Crispin Salvador is pulled from the Hudson River. Gone, too, is the only manuscript of his final book, a work meant to rescue him from obscurity by exposing the crimes of the Filipino ruling families. Miguel, his student and only remaining friend, sets out for Manila to investigate.

Buy Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco at Fully Booked online and in Fully Booked bookstore branches in the Philippines.

Ilustrado

Miguel Syjuco

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Information

ISBN9780312572938
PublisherPicador
PublishedMay 1, 2011
Pages336
AuthorMiguel Syjuco
FormatPAPERBACK
Weight0.5 Kg.
Height9.0 in.
Width6.0 in.
Depth0.7 in.

Synopsis

WINNER OF THE 2008 MAN ASIAN LITERARY PRIZE
NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR

It begins with a body. On a clear day in winter, the battered corpse of Crispin Salvador is pulled from the Hudson River. Gone, too, is the only manuscript of his final book, a work meant to rescue him from obscurity by exposing the crimes of the Filipino ruling families. Miguel, his student and only remaining friend, sets out for Manila to investigate.

Buy Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco at Fully Booked online and in Fully Booked bookstore branches in the Philippines.

Editorial Reviews

“Winner of the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize while still in manuscript form, Ilustrado is a hip and secure first novel about the urgency of art and regret. Confident and quirky, with passages that recall early Phillip Roth and a structure not unlike the best M. Night Shyamalan films, the book actively seeks to provoke its audience with bathroom humor and sexist stabs at superficial melodrama. Such scenes are bookended by passages of profundity that somehow manage to always say something about life as well as literature.”

– Roberto Ontiveros, The Dallas Morning News

“Ambitious . . . In a daring literary performance, Syjuco weaves the invented with the factual . . . Ilustrado is being presented as a tracing of 150 years of Philippine history, but it's considerably more than that . . . Spiced with surprises and leavened with uproariously funny moments, it is punctuated with serious philosophical musings.”

– Raymond Bonner, The New York Times Book Review

“A dazzling and virtuosic adventure in reading . . . The narrative is organised with immense confidence and skill . . . The author's post-modernist bag of tricks also contains a whip-crack narrative skill that's as reminiscent of Dickens as it is of Roberto Bolaño . . . There's a capaciousness that makes the book richly attractive to wander into . . . [This] novel . . . fizzes with the effervescence a large book can have when its author is in total control of the material. This isn't a story; it's the unfolding of an entire world, a mirror-land that seems familiar but is always ineffably strange . . . Syjuco is a writer already touched by greatness . . . This is a remarkably impressive and utterly persuasive novel. Its author . . . may one day succeed with the Nobel committee.”

– Joseph O'Connor, The Guardian