Launch of Penguin Classic's Literary Collection of Philippine National Artist Nick Joaquin

With talks by Prof. Vicente L. Rafael; History, University of Washington &
Johaina Crisostomo; English Ph.D. student, U.C. Berkeley
 

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. Set amid the ruins of Manila devastated by World War II, his stories are steeped in the post-colonial anguish and hopes of his era and resonate with the ironic perspectives on colonial history of Gabriel García Márquez and Mario Vargas Llosa. 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 splendor and excess. This collection features his best-known story, “The Woman Who Had Two Navels,” centered on Philippine emigrants living in Hong Kong and later expanded into a novel, the much-anthologized stories “May Day Eve” and “The Summer Solstice” and a canonic play, A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino. As Penguin Classics previously launched his countryman Jose Rizal to a wide audience, now Joaquin will find new readers with the first American collection of his work.
Event details
Date: 
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 6:30pm
Location: 
The Philippine Center; Social Hall, 5th Floor 447 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA