By F. Sionil Jose
With Dusk (originally released within the Philippines as Po-on), F. Sionil Jose starts off his five-novel Rosales Saga, which the poet and critic Ricaredo Demetillo referred to as "the first nice Filipino novels written in English." Set within the Eighties, Dusk files the exile of a tenant relatives from its village and the hot existence it makes an attempt to make within the small city of Rosales. the following commences the epic story of a family members unwillingly thrown into the turmoil of historical past. yet this is often greater than a ancient novel; it's also the everlasting tale of man's tortured look for precise religion and the bigger that means of lifestyles. Jose has accomplished a fiction of impressive scope and keenness, a ebook as significant to Philippine literature as One Hundred Years of Solitude is to Latin American literature.
"The most advantageous Filipino novelist in English, his novels deserve a much broader readership than the Philippines can offer."--Ian Buruma, manhattan assessment of Books
"Tolstoy himself, let alone Italo Svevo, may envy the writer of this story."--Chicago Tribune
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