Writing the Nation: Essays on Philippine Literature, Politics, and Culture
By F. Sionil Jose, edited by Alejandro D. Padilla
Published by Solidaridad Publishing House, ©2021.
F. (Francisco) Sionil Jose was born on December 3, 1924, in Rosales, Pangasinan. He is best known for The Rosales Saga, a five-novel epic that encompasses 100 years of Philippine history, 1872-1972, and depicts the Philippines’ own revolutionary tradition.
A prolific writer, whose childhood memories of his home town are the roots of his works of fiction, Jose has written more than 35 books–novels, short stories, poetry, and social commentaries. He was also an award-winning journalist earlier in his writing career. He has been translated in 28 languages, including Tagalog and Ilocano, and is the Philippines’ most widely translated writer. He also involved with international cultural organizations, notably International P.E.N., the world association of poets, playwrights, essayists, and novelists, whose Philippine Center he founded in 1958 and for which he served as National Secretary until 2007 and International Vice President in 2019.
In 1965, Jose and his wife, Teresita, founded the Solidaridad Bookshop and Publishing House in Ermita, Manila. The following year, he established Solidarity, a monthly magazine whose contributors included Asia’s leading writers, poets, statesmen, scholars, and political and social activists. The next year, the couple launched Solidaridad Galleries, which was dedicated to giving Filipino art a Filipino face, and providing a space for new, young Filipino artists to exhibit their works.
Description: 236 pages ; 23 x 15 cm