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Jose Dalisay

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May 1 2011

An emotional exploration of the Philippines, these novels illustrate the connection between a people and their beloved native land. The first novel, Killing Time in a Warm Place, is based in part on the author's own experiences as a student protester and his subsequent capture, imprisonment, and torture during the Marcos dictatorship. His subsequent assimilation to a new society as a speechwriter for the government is depicted, followed by his self-imposed exile to the United States and his eventual return to the islands upon the death of his father, where he is forced to confront past betrayals. The second tale, Soledad’s Sister, delves into the dark side of immigrant and outsourced labor that is endemic worldwide. Following the mysterious death of a young Filipina woman working as an au pair in Saudi Arabia, the narrative chronicles a local policeman’s search to claim her body, locate her next of kin, and give her a proper burial in her native soil. With deep insight into contemporary Philippine culture, this collection captures a nation attempting to reinvent itself in the eyes of the world.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Schaffner Press, Inc. (May 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936182122
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936182121
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 14.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,618,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Tell us the truth!' we demand of a book, and this one does with calculated vivacity, spiked with galling humor, wit, and felicity of language that gives the Filipino novel a new stature."  —Nestor (N.V.M.) Gonzales, author, The Bamboo Dancers



"Consummate craftsmanship characterized by clear and firm language, an absorbing narrative, and loving insights into the Filipino psyche. A sympathetic, contemporary record of our turbulent days."  —Manila Critics Circle, National Book Award Citation


"Soledad’s Sister and Killing Time in a Warm Place are two of his very fine short novels—rich with characters who are complex, deftly drawn and compelling. The U.S. reader is in for a treat."  —Jessica Hagedorn, National Book Award Nominee, Dogeaters



"Jose Dalisay is a truth-teller...The stories grip the reader's attention from the outset, and like much great literature, they tell us about guilt, collaboration, and redemption." —Charles Baxter, author, National Book Award-Finalist The Feast of Love and Gryphon: New and Selected Stories



"Dalisay's two short novels, compiled into one volume and both set in his native Philippines, are full of evocative words and images . . . [and] rich, riveting detail. Combined, both will leave readers with a lingering, haunted feeling." —Publisher's Weekly (March 29, 2011)

About the Author

Jose Dalisay is an English professor and director of the Institute of Creative Writing at the University of the Philippines. He is the author of more than 20 books, including novels, story collections, plays, and essays; a recipient of the National Book Award from the Manila Critics Circle; and was named by the Cultural Center of the Philippines Centennial Honors List as one of the top-100 most accomplished and influential Filipino artists of the past century.


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