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The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata

| Soho Press | 1/12/2021

ISBN-10 : F932738225   ISBN-13 : 9781641291835   List Price : $27.00

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The first ever US publication of Gina Apostol's Philippine National Book Award&;winning novel.

The story of Raymundo Mata, a visually impaired member of a 19th century anti-Spanish Philippine revolutionary society, is a polyphonic whirlwind of voices and histories. Told in the form of a memoir, the novel traces Mata&;s childhood, his education in Manila, his love affairs, and his discovery of the writer and revolutionary, Jose Rizal. Mata&;s autobiography, however, is de-centered by present-day foreword(s), afterword(s), and footnotes from three fiercely quarrelsome and comic voices: a nationalist editor, a neo-Freudian psychoanalyst critic, and a translator, Mimi C. Magsalin (who also appeared as a character in Apostol&;s novel Insurrecto).

In telling the contested and fragmentary story of Mata, Apostol finds new ways to depict the violence of the Spanish colonial era, and to reimagine the nation&;s great writer, Jose Rizal, who is considered by many to be the father of Philippine independence and was executed by the Spanish for his revolutionary activities.

The publication of The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata for the first time outside of the Philippines is a literary event. Brilliantly revised and expanded by the author for this edition&;an act of re-creation in perfect keeping with the book&;s own textual preoccupations&;this novel offers an intoxicating blend of fact and fiction, uncovering lost histories while building dazzling, riotous modes of narrative.

"Raymundo Mata is a nightblind bookworm and a revolutionary in the Philippine war against Spain in 1896. Told in the form of a memoir, the novel traces Mata's childhood, his education in Manila, his love affairs, and his discovery of the books of the manwho becomes the nation's great hero Josae Rizal (Rizal, in real life, is executed by the Spaniards for writing two great novels that spark revolution-the Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo. At the time Rizal died, he was working on a third novel, Makamisa). Raymundo Mata's autobiography, however, is de-centered by another story: that of the development of the book. In the foreword(s), afterword(s), and footnotes, we see the translator Mimi C. Magsalin (a pseudonym), the rabid nationalist editor Estrella Espejo, and the neo-Freudian psychoanalyst critic Dr. Diwata Drake make multiple readings of the Mata manuscript. Inevitably, clashes between these readings occur throughout the novel, and in the end the reader is on a wild chase to answer enduring questions: Does the manuscript contain Makamisa or is it Makamisa? Are the journals an elaborate hoax? And who is the perpetrator of the textual crime? In this story about the love of books, the story of a nation emerges. But what is a nation? What The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata imagines is that through acts of reading, a nation is born"--

Product Details

  • ISBN-10: 1641291834
  • ISBN-13: 9781641291835
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 360
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