Three Filipino Women by Jose F. Sionil

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Three novellas--including Obsession, Platinum, and Cadena de Amor--examine the Philippine experience through the lives of three female characters, a prostitute, a student activist, and a politician.

About Jose F. Sionil

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As the owner of the prominent Solidaridad Bookstore, F. Sionil Jose's literary life extends beyond his prolific output of writings to an avid promotion of literature and books. He is the founder of the Philippine Center of International PEN and former editor-publisher of the influential literary magazine Solidarity. He has written, "I left my village in the Central Luzon province of Pangasinan when I was thirteen. My Ilokano forefathers, driven away from their homes in the late nineteenth century by land hunger and Spanish oppression, settled in this village, which they called Cabugawan after the town of Cabugaw in Ilokos Sur, where they came from. It is in this village where I grew up, knew the drudgery of village life, and at the same time learned those solid virtues of industry and thrift which the Ilokansos are noted for." Jose is best known for his historical epic of five novels that follow Rosales, a village in Luzon, through a century of Philippine life. In these and other novels, his characters underscore the seemingly endless search for Filipino identity, moral order, and social justice. In exploring the impact of urbanization, he often highlights individual integrity in the face of corruption and evil. In 1979 Jose won the Palanca Award and in 1980 the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism, Literature, and Communication Arts.
Published March 20, 2013 by Random House. 176 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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In the second story, ``Obsession,'' a wealthy Filipino business man is in love with the enigmatic prostitute Ermi, who defends her way of life and decision to marry an American by asking him whether she ``has ever stolen from anyone like those big people whom you know and serve.'' The young prota...

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Until now, the work of Jose, an author ( My Brother, My Executioner ), editor and head of the Manila PEN center, has been all but unavailable in the U.S. The novellas in this collection purport to explore the character of a Filipina and, by extension, the nation: Narita in ``Cadena de Amor,'' who...

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It is worth noting that "Three Filipino Women" was first copyrighted in that country a decade ago, when the Marcos regime was still an immediate experience.

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