Ilustrado : A Novel (Paperback)

Author: Syjuco, Miguel

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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.
The result is a rich and dramatic family saga of four generations, tracing one hundred and fifty years of Philippine history forged under the Spanish, the Americans, and the Filipinos themselves. Exuberant and wise, wildly funny and deeply moving, "Ilustrado" is a daring and inventive debut novel that "begins as a murder mystery and develops into an ambitious exploration of cultural identity, ambition, and artistic purpose." ("The New""Yorker").


Publisher St Martins Pr
Mfg Part# 9780312572938
SKU 218755236
Format Paperback
ISBN10 031257293X
Release Date 5/24/2011
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 0.75T
"[D]izzying and ambitious....[T]his imaginative first novel shows considerable ingenuity in binding its divergent threads into a satisfying, meaningful story." (starred review)
"An ambitious debut novel...introduces an author of limitless promise....First novels rarely show such reach and depth....[I]t dazzles as brightly as Jonathan Safran Foer's EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED." (starred review)
"[A] virtuoso display of imagination and wisdom, particularly remarkable from a 31-year-old author; a literary landmark for the Philippines and beyond." (starred review)
"[W]ildly entertaining....absolutely assured in its tone, literary sophistication and satirical humor."
"[The book's] short chapters come in a cacophony of fonts and voices....The style is postmodern (or, as some prefix-happy critics call it, post-postmodern) right down to the faux footnotes. The novel is short, sharp and funny...."
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Annotation With charming wit, a huge reservoir of historical and political knowledge, and a penchant for literary games, Miguel Syjuco tells a wonderfully nuanced and multi-faceted story in his debut novel ILUSTRADO. Crispin Salavdor was his one of the preeminent voices of Philippine literature, and his former student Miguel (Syjuco tells his imaginative novel in a witty first-person) was one of his only friends. So when Crispin's barely recognizable body is dredged up from the Hudson River, Miguel undertakes an investigation. Searching for answers to the circumstances of his death and for the text to Crispin's final work, which would ensure him a place in the canon of world literature, Miguel travels to Manila. As literary detective Miguel pieces together Crispin's story from his mentor's writings, he unveils a multi-generational saga that follows course with the wild ride that has been Philippine history for the past century and a half. In ILUSTRADO, Syjuco weaves together a compelling cultural investigation with the poignancy of a family's secret history and a young writer's journey of discovery. Selected by the New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of 2010.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0324
Publisher Picador USA

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