The Philippines Is in the Heart
A posthumous response to his classic America Is in the Heart, this collection of original, hitherto unpublished stories by Carlos Bulosan reveals the innovative, radical intellect sublimated in his comic masterpiece, The Laughter of My Father. Bulosan's homecoming explodes the stereotype of the author as a subaltern mimic and offers us a promise of celebrating the advent of proletarian jouissance and national liberation. This is an unprecedented performance of convivial fashioning of the Filipino artist as the exile forging the conscience of the race.
Now an iconic author in the American literary canon, Carlos Bulosan (1911-1956) acquired world-renown for his retelling humorous folktales in The Laughter of My Father. His reputation was established with the ethnobiographical testimony. America Is in the Heart, and has been confirmed by the radical novel, The Cry and the Dedication. Haunted by the FBI during the Cold War years, Bulosan has been rediscovered by a new generation of diasporic Filipinos and multi-ethnic readers sympathetic to the national liberation struggles of "the wretched of the earth," the new agency for emancipation from neoliberal, white-supremacist terrorism now threatening the planet.
Ateneo de Manila University Press, Philippines
Softcover / 9 x 6 inches / 193 pages / BW