State of War: A Novel of Life in the Philippines

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Much like Isabel Allende's House of Spirits, Ninotchka Rosca's novel is both a work of art and a powerful illumination of an entire culture and a country in conflict.

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Ninotchka Rosca was born and raised in the Philippines but currently resides in New York City. She has authored/co-authored seven books and received numerous awards for literary work and for journalism, among them the American Book Award.

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Author of the recent nonfiction Endgame: The Fall of Marcos, Filipino Rosca turns once again to her native country. The main thread of this story is squarely political, yet, tucked inside is a novel within a novel, a dreamy, allegorical history of the Philippines in which the ancestors of the three central charactersEliza Hansen, Adrian Banyaga and Anna Villaverdefigure prominently. The trio of young people travel to the island of K to take part in an orgiastic festival. Each shows a different face of Manila: Adrian is the son of a leading family; Anna, a dissident scarred by recent torture; Eliza sells her favors to whichever political figure is in power. They are pursued by fanatical Colonel Amor (Anna's interrogator and Eliza's lover) who is intent on discovering the secret of Adrian's power connections. Meanwhile, Anna has met up with a terrorist group planning to bomb the festival; and Eliza is hoping to act as matchmaker between Anna and Adrian. The interlockng episodes culminate in a terrifying finale. One wishes Rosca had used less allegory and more realistic detail; often the unique situation in the Philippines is lost in her somewhat mannered style. Still, there is an erratic, Kafkaesque brilliance, an intensity that makes this first novel a powerful piece of literature.
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