Ilustrado

Ilustrado

By Miguel Syjuco; William Dufris (Read by)

Tantor Media Inc, Compact Disc, 9781400147205

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received the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize and the Philippines' highest literary honor, the Palanca Award, for the unpublished manuscript of "Ilustrado".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 began his audio career in London, England. He co-found the audio production company The Story Circle, Ltd in the UK. In the US, he founded Mind's Eye Productions and co-founded Rocky Coast Radio Theatre in addition to The AudioComics Company, for which he is producer, director, actor and engineer. Durfis was nominated six times as a finalist for the APA's prestigious Audie Awards. He garnered eighteen Golden Earphones Awards through "AudioFile" magazine, which honored him as one of The Best Voices at the End of the Century. Of his work, "AudioFile" said, "William Dufris commands a dazzling array of voices that bring to life the dozens of audiobooks he's narrated." His audiobook credits include many of Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen, Ph.D.'s works, such as "Days of Infamy "and "Pearl Harbor", in addition to George McGovern's "Abraham Lincoln", Neal Stephenson's "Cryptonomicon" and John Scalzi's "The Ghost Bridges".

Dufris acted on stage and in television and is best known as the original North American voice of the cartoon character Bob in Nickelodeon's popular children's show, "Bob the Builder". Additionally, he worked with legendary director Dirk Maggs on his audio drama productions of "Spider-Man."



Praise For Ilustrado

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