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Ilustrado
 
 
Author
Miguel Syjuco.
Publisher Picador  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.25 x 5.45 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9780312572938
Pages/Publication Date 324/2010
Daedalus Item Code 33074
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(Winner of the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize and a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year) This dazzling debut novel from Manila-born Miguel Syjuco begins with a body. On a clear winter day the battered corpse of Crispin Salvador is pulled from the Hudson River, and the manuscript of his final book, a work meant to rescue him from obscurity by exposing the crimes of the Filipino ruling families, has gone missing. 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 150 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 novel that "begins as a murder mystery and develops into an ambitious exploration of cultural identity, ambition, and artistic purpose."—The New Yorker

"A dazzling and virtuosic adventure in reading ... [with] a whip-crack narrative skill that's as reminiscent of Dickens as it is of Roberto Bolaño.... 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 ... [who] may one day succeed with the Nobel committee."—Guardian (London)

 
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