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The Woman Who Had Two Navels and Tales of the Tropical Gothic

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Nick Joaquin is widely considered one of the greatest Filipino writers, but he has remained little-known outside his home country despite writing in English. With the post-colonial sensibilities of Junot Diaz, Teju Cole, and Jhumpa Lahiri and an ironic perspective of colonial history resonant with Marques and Llosa, Joaquin is a long-neglected writer ready to join the ranks of the world classics. His work meditates on the questions and challenges of the Filipino individual's new freedom after a long history of colonialism, exploring folklore, centuries-old Catholic rites, the Spanish colonial past, magical realism, and baroque splendour and excess. This collection features his best-known story, "The Woman Who Had Two Navels", centred on Philippine emigrants living in Hong Kong and later expanded into a novel, the much-anthologised story" May Day Eve", and a canonical play, A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino.

Издательство: "Penguin Group" (2017)

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Joaquin, Nick

▪ Filipino author
byname of  Nicomedes Joaquin 
born May 4, 1917, Paco, Manila, Phil.
died April 29, 2004, San Juan, Phil.

      Filipino novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, and biographer whose works present the diverse heritage of the Filipino people.

      Joaquin was awarded a scholarship to the Dominican monastery in Hong Kong after publication of his essay “La Naval de Manila” (1943), a description of Manila's fabled resistance to 17th-century Dutch invaders. After World War II he traveled to the United States, Mexico, and Spain, later serving as a cultural representative of the Philippines to Taiwan, Cuba, and China.

      Starting as a proofreader for the Philippines Free Press, Joaquin rose to contributing editor and essayist under the nom de plume “Quijano de Manila” (“Manila Old-Timer”). He was well known as a historian of the brief Golden Age of Spain in the Philippines, as a writer of short stories suffused with folk Roman Catholicism, as a playwright, and as a novelist.

      The novel The Woman Who Had Two Navels (1961) examines his country's various heritages. A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino (1966), a celebrated play, attempts to reconcile historical events with dynamic change. The Aquinos of Tarlac: An Essay on History as Three Generations (1983) presents a biography of Benigno Aquino (Aquino, Benigno Simeon, Jr.), the assassinated presidential candidate. The action of the novel Cave and Shadows (1983) occurs in the period of martial law under Ferdinand Marcos (Marcos, Ferdinand E.). Joaquin's other works include the short-story collections Tropical Gothic (1972) and Stories for Groovy Kids (1979), the play Tropical Baroque (1979), and the collections of poetry The Ballad of the Five Battles (1981) and Collected Verse (1987). Joaquin's later works are mostly nonfiction, including Manila, My Manila: A History for the Young (1990), The D.M. Guevara Story (1993), and Mr. F.E.U., the Culture Hero That Was Nicanor Reyes (1995).

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