The Woman Who Had Two Navels and Tales of the Tropical Gothic

ISBN9780143130710
PublisherPenguin Classics
Published2017/04/18
Pages480
AuthorNick Joaquin
FormatPAPERBACK
Weight0.3 Kg.
Height7.7 in.
Width5.1 in.
Depth0.8 in.

The Woman Who Had Two Navels and Tales of the Tropical Gothic

Nick Joaquin

PAPERBACK

2017/04/18

Nick Joaquin is widely considered one of the greatest Filipino writers, but he has remained little-known outside his home country despite writing in English. Set amid the ruins of Manila devastated by World War II, his stories are steeped in the post-colonial anguish and hopes of his era and resonate with the ironic perspectives on colonial history of Gabriel García Márquez and Mario Vargas Llosa. His work meditates on the questions and challenges of the Filipino individual’s new freedom after a long history of colonialism, exploring folklore, centuries-old Catholic rites, the Spanish colonial past, magical realism, and baroque splendor and excess. This collection features his best-known story, “The Woman Who Had Two Navels,” centered on Philippine emigrants living in Hong Kong and later expanded into a novel, the much-anthologized stories “May Day Eve” and “The Summer Solstice” and a canonic play, A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino. As Penguin Classics previously launched his countryman Jose Rizal to a wide audience, now Joaquin will find new readers with the first American collection of his work.
 
Introduction and Suggestions for Further Reading by Vicente L. Rafael
 
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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The Woman Who Had Two Navels and Tales of the Tropical Gothic

Nick Joaquin

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ISBN9780143130710
PublisherPenguin Classics
Published2017/04/18
Pages480
AuthorNick Joaquin
FormatPAPERBACK
Weight0.3 Kg.
Height7.7 in.
Width5.1 in.
Depth0.8 in.

Synopsis

Nick Joaquin is widely considered one of the greatest Filipino writers, but he has remained little-known outside his home country despite writing in English. Set amid the ruins of Manila devastated by World War II, his stories are steeped in the post-colonial anguish and hopes of his era and resonate with the ironic perspectives on colonial history of Gabriel García Márquez and Mario Vargas Llosa. His work meditates on the questions and challenges of the Filipino individual’s new freedom after a long history of colonialism, exploring folklore, centuries-old Catholic rites, the Spanish colonial past, magical realism, and baroque splendor and excess. This collection features his best-known story, “The Woman Who Had Two Navels,” centered on Philippine emigrants living in Hong Kong and later expanded into a novel, the much-anthologized stories “May Day Eve” and “The Summer Solstice” and a canonic play, A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino. As Penguin Classics previously launched his countryman Jose Rizal to a wide audience, now Joaquin will find new readers with the first American collection of his work.
 
Introduction and Suggestions for Further Reading by Vicente L. Rafael
 
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Get The Woman Who Had Two Navels and Tales of the Tropical Gothic by Nick Joaquin at Fully Booked online and in Fully Booked bookstore branches. 

Editorial Reviews

“Joaquin is akin to García Márquez in the extravagant, surreal imagery of his stories, the fatalistic humor, and the intricate weaving of history and memory. His magical Macondo was the very real Philippines, in all its beauty, splendor and ruin.”

– Jessica Hagedorn, American Book Award-winning author of Dogeaters

"The Philippines is central to two empires, the Spanish and the American. Joaquin is central to the literature of the Philippines. To read Joaquin is to gain access to how three cultures intersected in the Pacific, mixing explosively with blood, violence, and fantasy in ways that foreshadow what is happening in the Philippines today."

– Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer

"Nick Joaquin was such a presence in my childhood. I remember having a collection of Joaquin's stories for children in my personal library. They were large, beautifully illustrated volumes that provided commentary to our culture in language so engaging for a child to understand. He has been a beloved storyteller for the Philippines for generations and now his memorable stories and play will be made available around the world."

– Lea Salonga, Tony Award-winning singer and actress