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It begins with a body. On a clear day in winter, the battered corpse of Crispin Salvador is pulled out of the Hudson River-and taken from the world is the controversial lion of Philippine literature. 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.

To understand the death, Miguel scours the life, piecing together Salvador's story through his poetry, interviews, novels, polemics, and memoirs. The result is a rich and dramatic family saga of four generations, tracing a hundred and fifty years of Philippine history forged under the Spanish, the Americans, and the Filipinos themselves. Ultimately we learn that this story belongs to young Miguel as much as to his lost mentor, and we are treated to an unhindered view of a society caught between reckless decay and hopeful progress.

Exuberant and wise, wildly funny and deeply moving, Ilustrado explores the hidden truths that haunt every family. It is a daring and inventive debut by an ambitious and wholly original new voice.

Publisher: Toronto : Hamish Hamilton Canada, c2010
ISBN: 9780670063956
Branch Call Number: SYJ
Characteristics: 308 p. ;,24 cm


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nsalenga85 Aug 18, 2019

This is a great book that explores hidden truths that haunt every family in daring & inventive debut of astonishing talent.

Aug 01, 2012

Way too clever (invented footnotes) and pretentious to read.

Jul 27, 2012

I found this book to be fascinating in structure and in subject. Well written, confusing in a good way and unlike anything else I've read.

wwgg Apr 09, 2011

NYT 100 Notable Books of 2010

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