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Praise for Insurrecto
"[A] magnificent book that begs for a second reading."
"Dazzling, interlocking narratives on history, truth, and storytelling."
"Gina Apostol--a smart writer, a sharp critic, a keen intellectual--takes on the vexed relationship between the Philippines and the United States, pivoting on that relationship's bloody origins. Insurrecto is meta-fictional, meta-cinematic, even meta-meta, plunging us into the vortex of memory, history, and war where we can feel what it means to be forgotten, and what it takes to be remembered."
--Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer
"A book by Gina Apostol is always an event, and this latest one is no exception. Lush and vigorous, Insurrecto mines the Philippines' troubled past with a scholar's careful attention to detail and examines the enduring riddles of voice and identity, revolution and nation. The ghosts of history stalk the pages of this dizzying, stunning novel, their footsteps echoing in our fraught and uncertain times."
--F.H. Batacan, author of Smaller and Smaller Circles
"A searing and psychedelic road trip through the long, sordid history of Philippine-American relations, Insurrecto is at once a murder mystery, a war movie, and a moving exploration of all the ways grief lives on, both in a people and in a person. A masterful puzzle, in which, as Apostol writes, 'one story told may unbury another.'"
--Elaine Castillo, author of America Is Not the Heart
"In Insurrecto, a polymath's lyricism is woven with sharp cultural study and post-colonial tristesse. A deft and labyrinthine depiction of our helpless condition of ever-revolving insurrection, Gina Apostol has created an elegant mise en abyme wherein the colonizer and the colonized reflect themselves over and over and yet over again."
--Eugene Lim, author of Dear Cyborgs
"Insurrecto is an intricate fever dream of a novel. Gina Apostol's sublime intellect, razor-sharp humor, and fierce moral conviction shine a powerful light on the Philippines' violent history and present-day traumas. Through wildly inventive prose and richly layered plots, this book will provoke, unsettle, and ultimately transform the ways we read and remember the past."
--Mia Alvar, author of In the Country
Praise for Gina Apostol
"[Apostol] weaves the complex tangle of Philppine history, literature, and languages (along with contemporary academic scholarship) into a brilliant tour de force of a novel."
--John Barth, author of Lost in the Funhouse
"A daring, fever dream of a novel."
--Alex Gilvarry, author of From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant
"Brilliant . . . Apostol creates one of the most compelling characters in recent fiction."
--Los Angeles Review of Books
"Probes the hard truths of love, nationhood and exile . . . Apostol is a fearless, stylish writer of substance."
--Jessica Hagedorn, author of Dogeaters
"Apostol's writing is marked by a fierce intelligence, uncommonly delicious language, and a dark undercurrent of humor. As others have observed, she is a master of delineating the personal with the political, and how they are inextricably entwined. Also--and this is no small feat--she seems incapable of writing an unimpressive sentence."
--Luis Katigbak, The Philippine Star