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INSURRECTO

Gina Apostol

  • Original Title: INSURRECTO
  • Publication date: November 2018
  • Publisher: SOHO PRESS
  • Country: US
  • 336 print pages
  • Historical

Information

  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: Philippines
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Looking back on one's life, Search for origins, Double identity, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Rivalry, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Discriminations, Power, War and other conflicts, Duality between North and South, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Multiculturalism, Intolerance

Pitch

Histories and personalities collide in this literary tour-de-force about the Philippines' present and America's past.

Comments

Finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize 2019
A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
BuzzFeed's Best Fiction of 2018
A St. Louis Post-Dispatch Best Book of 2018
A Publishers Weekly Top 10 Best Book of 2018
The Millions Most Anticipated Fall Books of 2018
BookRiot's Best Books of November 2018

Gina Apostol is the PEN Open Book Award–winning author of GUN DEALERS’ DAUGHTER, as well as a two-time winner of the National Book Award in the Philippines for her novels BIBLIOLEPSY and THE REVOLUTION ACCORDING TO RAYMUNDO MATA. Her short stories have appeared in various anthologies and journals.

Summary

Two women, a Filipino translator and an American filmmaker, go on a road trip in Duterte’s Philippines, collaborating and clashing in the writing of a film script about a massacre during the Philippine-American War. Chiara is working on a film about an incident in Balangiga, Samar, in 1901, when Filipino revolutionaries attacked an American garrison, and in retaliation American soldiers created “a howling wilderness” of the surrounding countryside. Magsalin reads Chiara’s film script and writes her own version. INSURRECTO contains within its dramatic action two rival scripts from the filmmaker and the translator—one about a white photographer, the other about a Filipino schoolteacher.

Within the spiraling voices and narrative layers of INSURRECTO are stories of women—artists, lovers, revolutionaries, daughters—finding their way to their own truths and histories. Using interlocking voices and a kaleidoscopic structure, the novel is startlingly innovative, meditative, and playful. INSURRECTO masterfully questions and twists narrative in the manner of Italo Calvino’s IF ON A WINTER’S NIGHT A TRAVELER, Julio Cortázar’s HOPSCOTCH, and Nabokov’s PALE FIRE. Apostol pushes up against the limits of fiction in order to recover the atrocity in Balangiga, and in so doing, she shows us the dark heart of an untold and forgotten war that would shape the next century of Philippine and American history.

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  • Author’s biography

    Gina Apostol is the PEN Open Book Award–winning author of GUN DEALERS’ DAUGHTER, as well as a two-time winner of the National Book Award in the Philippines for her novels BIBLIOLEPSY and THE REVOLUTION ACCORDING TO RAYMUNDO MATA. Her short stories have appeared in various anthologies and journals including The Gettysburg Reviewand the Penguin anthology of Asian American fiction, Charlie Chan is Dead, Volume 2.