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Award-winning Filipino novelist Gina Apostol is helping other Southeast Asian writers based in London. For the full story and other positive and inspirational news about the Filipinos and the Philippines, go to www.GoodNewsPilipinas.com.

completely starstruck in meeting Gina Apostol, award-winning author of "gun dealers daughter" & most recently "insurrecto." as a mixed-race woman, i am a by-product of colonialism & part of the filipinx diaspora. it is a revelation to read "insurrecto," which focuses on the brutal history of Philippine-American relations with depth, humor and empathy. how do you construct identity & reality when the colonizer & colonized are so intertwined? what can we learn from the past as we see state violence yet again in duterte's era? apostol is one of the most important voices of our fragmented times. #ginaapostol #aaww #asianamericanliterature #insurrecto #joannreads #filipinx

You put yourself out there, admit you can’t get past three chapters of Jose Rizal’s "Noli Me Tangere" (THE great novel of the Philippines), and Gina Apostol offers her contact info to discuss more. (Let’s!) #insurrecto #ginaapostol

Regardless of what the book description tells us, #ginaapostol has written a ferociously individualistic and deliciously ambiguous tale. I loved every bit to say the least. My advise is to come to this book as much as possible with an open mind and let #apostol through her characters tell the story even though you might not understand it all and/or you might disagree wholeheartedly. I believe there are three major things happening in this story. First she's challenging everyone's narratives: the colonizer and the colonized, the assassin and the victim, the perpetrator and the sufferer. Second you can't but fall in love with Apostol's intricate and embellished prose. Her words and grammatical constructions to describe the mundane and the barbaric are simply delightful and flawless literature. Finally, there is a mysterious and labyrinth-style structure which relies on time travelling much in the style of Cortazar's #Rayuela . Considering these points, I still think there is one major topic overlapping everything. Our profound urge to tell our stories becomes a double-edged sword once we realize the impossibility and futility of telling that same story... This book is obviously a strong contender for my top 5 or dare I say best book of the month. #highlyrecommended #manila #filipinoliterature #insurrecto #balangiga #samar #leyte #sohopress #philippines #moviescript #mystory #easternsamar #philippineamericanwar #americancolonialism #balangigamassacre #barangays

Filipino novelists Gina Apostol and Reine Arcache Melvin’s award-winning novels were celebrated in London this January 2019. The joint launch of the Filipino authors’ recent works was held at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London. For the full story and other positive and inspirational news about the Filipinos and the Philippines, go to www.GoodNewsPilipinas.com.

📚#BOOKS📚 #booksbrunchbotanica #Repost @jensorianowrites • • • • • Insurrecto by Gina Apostol. In 1901, Filipino revolutionaries in Balangiga, Samar pulled off the most successful uprising against a US colonial army since the Lakota, Cheyenne and Arapaho victory at the 1876 Battle of Little Bighorn. US forces retaliated with a massacre in which General Jacob Smith ordered his troops to “kill everyone over ten.” Apostol imagines the details of not the massacre but the masterminding behind the victorious uprising. She does this through the ingenious use of two current day protagonists, one a filmmaker and one a translator, who write conflicting scripts about the event. The result is a surprisingly hilarious ride that takes the reader through an experience of almost joyful colonial subversion. If you’re a writer, the craft of this book might just blow your mind. If you’re a reader, you’ll appreciate Apostol’s fresh voice and her ability to bring humor along with depth to such a heavy—and erased—moment in history. . . . #insurrecto #ginaapostol #PinayWriters #allpinayeverything #womenofcolor #WoCbooks #fiction #bookstagram #writersofinstagram #feminism #amreading #bookstagrammer #binder #samar #balangiga #newfiction #novels #balangiga #bellsofbalangiga #howlingwilderness #geronima #colonization #uprisingnotinsurrection #revolutionaries #historicalfiction

🥂Today is the day! 🥂 Thank you everyone who supported us by buying tickets, @thecampdavid & to our story tellers: @ericagenece , @njamba_juice ,#GinaApostol , the girls of @36.24.36project , and of course the best boss ever @cristinacala Xoxo, Ingrid @notbergman

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