Ilustrado: A Novel [Miguel Syjuco] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Garnering international prizes and acclaim before its publication . In a postmodern mystery, the dead body often serves as a pretext to discover or decipher a text. Who needs an autopsy report and fingerprints, when epistemes. ‘With Ilustrado, Miguel Syjuco obliges us to remake the canons of our great classics of contemporary literature. Ilustrado is, literally, a masterpiece’ Alberto.

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After all, he has to Talk about art reflecting life! Then you are in deep SHIT. The novel is an enormous, many-voiced work of pastiche — the many voices including Salvador’s own many very different ones, as he employed any number of different styles.

The book has a main plot, and a lot of sub-plots that were presented as excerpts from the books authored by either Crispim or Miguel, further interspersed with Filipino jokes or funny stories.

Reading Ilustrado will even get you an image of an cultured or cunio Filipino who is not only supporting a homegrown author but also that of being a bit more intellectual than those domestic helps reading Bob Ongs and Precious Moments novels. A great read if you persevere with the style. A prideful boast on my part Both Salvador and Syjuco are sons of a politically engaged elite, whose families hope they will embark on political careers as well — to the extent that: Too much style, too little connection, contextualization, characterization.


My eyes alight on the garish cover of Bulgar: To describe it this way makes it sound interesting, but it’s not.

The pork barrel trad-pols. The fragments that make up the book are themselves knockoffs of different genres–murder mystery, satire, interviews from The Paris Revieweverything but the kitchen sink. Mar 23, Dante rated it did not like it Shelves: Reading it reminds me of my experience reading Bend Sinisterone of ilistrado early works by Vladimir Nabokov.

Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco

Or a personal expression judged on aesthetic, not political, standards? Who says writers from MFA programs lack sufficient real world experiences to draw on in their writing? Too close to home at times, I think. Ilustrado is concerned with a few key themes: In the inward-turning world of the postmodern mystery, the dead body often serves as a pretext to discover or decipher a text.

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But, as I’ve hinted, there’s a twist near the end. The ilustradp shares with the author the name Miguel Syjuco, and the real Syjuco also shares with the fictional character the trait of coming from a traditionally rich and political family his father is a politician allied with Gloria Macapagal Arroyoamong others.

Is this a send up of angst diaspora literature by showing us that national lit has no truth, no center? Orthofer23 May There are also some mysteries: Along the way, he followed his girlfriend to Australia and Canada. At best, the work is ambitious. Then he turned out to be just one jerk who was just experiencing teen angst. Someone kicks the back of my seat as a reminder to quit being so profound.


Ilustrado is a novel by Miguel Syjuco. Read it if you are patient enough to last pages, but only to like the last four.

The noir conventions soon run miguwl of steam in the Philippines.

Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco

But the prose was engaging and compelling, and I found the plot pretty cool. And despite myself, I do love the post-modern iluustrado. Run-on sentences and facsimiles of Magical Realism, hiding behind the disclaimer that we Pinoys were doing it years before the South Americans.

At one point Syjuco describes the white sky over Manila bay as a blank page waiting for its first mark — but anyone eyjuco reads Ilustrado is likely to feel that the skyline has been richly inscribed and illuminated.

The Prologue was so amazing that even a reader won’t stop thinking of what really happened that night.