SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco launch of Penguin Classic’s The Woman Who Had Two Navels and Tales of the Tropical Gothic, by National Artist in Literature Nick Joaquin will probably be held on Wednesday, Wednesday, April 26, on the Philippine Center Social Hall, fifth Floor, .447 Sutter Street, 6:30 p.m. (doorways open at 5:45 p.m.) The occasion is open and free to the general public.
The e book’s Foreword is by PEN/Open Book Award–winner Gina Apostol; the Introduction by Vicente L. Rafael, who will probably be among the many particular visitors.
Celebrating the centennial of Joaquin’s delivery, the occasion marks the first-ever U.S. publication of the author’s seminal works. It is hosted by The Fourth Filipino American International Book Festival / Philippine American Writers and Artists (PAWA) in collaboration with the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco, Penguin Classics Community Partners: Philippine Folklife Museum Foundation, Arkipelago Books
From the Penguin Classics webpage:
ABOUT THE WOMAN WHO HAD TWO NAVELS AND TALES OF THE TROPICAL GOTHIC
Nick Joaquin is extensively thought-about one of the best Filipino writers, however he has remained little-known outdoors his house nation regardless of writing in English.
Set amid the ruins of Manila devastated by World War II, his tales are steeped within the post-colonial anguish and hopes of his period and resonate with the ironic views on colonial historical past of Gabriel García Márquez and Mario Vargas Llosa.
His work meditates on the questions and challenges of the Filipino particular person’s new freedom after an extended historical past of colonialism, exploring folklore, centuries-old Catholic rites, the Spanish colonial previous, magical realism, and baroque splendor and extra.
This assortment options his best-known story, “The Woman Who Had Two Navels,” centered on Philippine emigrants dwelling in Hong Kong and later expanded right into a novel, the much-anthologized tales “May Day Eve” and “The Summer Solstice” and a canonic play, A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino.
As Penguin Classics beforehand launched his countryman Jose Rizal to a large viewers, now Joaquin will discover new readers with the primary American assortment of his work.
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