Ilustrado

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Ilustrado

By Miguel Syjuco; William Dufris (Read by)

Tantor Media Inc, Compact Disc, 9781400117208

Publication Date: April 30, 2010

Description
Ilustrado opens with Crispin Salvador, lion of Philippine letters, dead in the Hudson River. His young acolyte, Miguel, sets out to investigate the author's suspicious death and the strange disappearance of an unfinished manuscript-a work that had been planned not just to return the once-great author to fame but to expose the corruption behind the rich families who have ruled the Philippines for generations. To understand the death, Miguel scours the life, charting Salvador's trajectory via his poetry, interviews, novels, polemics, and memoirs. The literary fragments become patterns become stories become epic: a family saga of four generations tracing 150 years of Philippine history forged under the Spanish, the Americans, and the Filipinos themselves. Finally, we are surprised to learn that this story belongs to young Miguel as much as to his lost mentor, and we are treated to an unhindered view of a society caught between reckless decay and hopeful progress. In the shifting terrain of this remarkably ambitious and daring first novel, Miguel Syjuco explores fatherhood, regret, revolution, and the mysteries of lives lived and abandoned.


About the Author
Miguel Syjuco received the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize and the Philippines highest literary honor, the Palanca Award, for the unpublished manuscript of "Ilustrado". Born and raised in Manila, he currently lives in Montreal.

William Dufris has been nominated nine times as a finalist for the APA's prestigious Audie Award and has garnered twenty-one Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine, which also named him one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century. He has also acted on stage and television in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany.


Praise For Ilustrado

"Dizzying and ambitious.... A satisfying, meaningful story." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review