The Wandering Falcon by Jamil Ahmad

There’s a lot of talk among bloggers and reviewers about the importance of translation and International literature.  Some of the most concise criticisms have been written by Tim Parks for the New York Review of Books blog.  He makes good points that the idea that translation/international literature opens up  cultures is exaggerated and a convincing case that literature as a whole is becoming homogenized.  This … Continue reading The Wandering Falcon by Jamil Ahmad

Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco

The premise behind Miguel Syjuco’s award-winning novel Ilustrado appears promising at the outset.  The body of Crispin Salvador, a legendary Filipino author, is found floating in the Hudson River.  The manuscript of his latest (and last) novel, a scathing roman à clef inditing the rich & powerful of Filipino society has disappeared. Enter Crispin’s protegé:  an aspiring author and troubled young man who doesn’t buy … Continue reading Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco