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Insurrecto By Gina Apostol

Insurrecto by Gina Apostol

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A critical, satirical take on Philippine-American history, a powerful contribution to the postcolonial canon, and a fearless exploration of the limits of metafiction, INSURRECTO is a novel about women - artists, lovers, revolutionaries, daughters - finding their way to their own truths and histories.

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Insurrecto by Gina Apostol

In 1901, Filipino revolutionaries attacked an American garrison in Balangiga, on the island of Samar, and American soldiers created `a howling wilderness' of the surrounding countryside in retaliation, mudering thousands of the inhabitants of Balangiga. In the 1970s, the American filmmaker Ludo Brasi went missing in Samar while shooting a movie, THE UNINTENDED, inspired by these events. In 2018, his daughter Chiara and the Filipino translator Magsalin go on a road trip in Duterte's Philippines. Chiara is working on a film about the Balangiga massacre, when Magsalin reads Chiara's film script and writes her own version of the story. Within the spiralling 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, INSURRECTO is a startlingly innovative, meditative, and playful novel which twists narrative in the manner of Italo Calvino's IF ON A WINTER'S NIGHT A TRAVELLER, Julio Cortazar's HOPSCOTCH, and Vladimir Nabokov's PALE FIRE. By pushing up against the limits of fiction in order to recover the atrocity in Balangiga, Gina Apostol shows us the dark heart of an untold and forgotten war.

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`A bravura performance in which war becomes farce, history becomes burlesque... Apostol is a magician with language (think Borges, think Nabokov) who can swing from slang and mockery to the stodgy argot of critical theory. She puns with gusto, potently and unabashedly, until one begins reading double meanings, allusions and ulterior motives into everything.' - Jen McDonald, NEW YORK TIMES

About Gina Apostol

Gina Apostol's third book, GUN DEALER'S DAUGHTER, won the 2013 PEN/Open Book Award and was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize. Her first two novels, BIBLIOLEPSY and THE REVOLUTION ACCORDING TO RAYMUNDO MATA, both won the Juan Laya Prize for the Novel (Philippine National Book Award). Her essays and stories have appeared in the NEW YORK TIMES, LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS, FOREIGN POLICY, GETTYSBURG REVIEW and MASSACHUSSETS REVIEW. She lives in New York City and western Massachusetts and grew up in Tacloban, Philippines. She teaches at the Fieldston School in New York City.

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Insurrecto by Gina Apostol
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