Saturday, October 22, 2011

Vibora! A Novel by F. Sionil Jose

Title: Vibora! A Novel
Author: F. Sionil Jose , Natinal Artist For litterature
Synopsis: F. Sionil Jose’s accidental hero, Benjamin Singkol, was imprisoned by the Japanese in Fort Santiago after he had escaped the front in Bataan in World War II. In the last days of that war, he served in the American Army as a medic in the Cordillera. It was also there where the 1896 revolutionary general, Artemio Ricarte, lived his last days with the Japanese. Was he a collaborator? Or a patriot who was simply grateful to the Japanese for having given him sanctuary for thirty years? Benjamin Singkol who collaborated with the Americans wanted a definite answer to this issue which riles many Filipinos to this day. There are no easy answers, for collaboration is also a huge grey area wherein men act out their beliefs and succumb to their fates. This brief but thoughtful novel, F. Sionil Jose’s latest, challenges the reader to make judgment-at his own moral peril. F. Sionil Jose is the Philippines’ most widely translated author; his major work, a series of five novels about a small town called Rosales, encompasses a hundred years of tumultuous Philippine history from 1872 to 1972. In 1980, Sionil Jose received the Ramon Magsasay Memorial Award for Literature; in 2001, he was honored by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo with the National Artist Award for Literature, and in 2004, he received from Chile the Pablo Neruda Centennial Award.
Year Published: 2007, Manila, Philippines
ISBN: 978-971-8845-43-1
Format: Softbound, bookpaper
Size: 9 x 6 inches
No. of Pages: 118 pages
Condition: This book is like-new; no obvious wear; pages are fine and crisp with no visible toning; overall EXCELLENT condition
Weight: 210 grams

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HAC Code: 3F0026


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