State Of War

Rosca, Ninotchka

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New York. 1988. Norton. 1st Printing. Very Good In Dustjacket. 382 pages. June 1988. hardcover. Jacket design and illustration by Antonina Krass. ISBN: 0393025446. inventory # 10283. FROM THE PUBLISHER - An endless festival amidst an endless war is the central image of this stunning novel about the Philippines of the Marcos era, a time of brutality, treachery, and betrayed passion. As the novel opens, our focus, in the Book of Acts, is on three young people - Eliza Hansen, Adrian Banyaga, and Anna Villaverde Ė as they arrive on the island of K________ for the annual festival. Adrian is rich, innocent, handsome - the son of a leading family; Anna has been widowed in the rebel struggle and was herself detained and tortured by the military; Eliza, the beautiful daughter of a courtesan, is now the object of the perverted desires of the depraved Colonel Amor, Annaís tormentor. As the heat of the carnival brio rises, so do intimations of revolution, for somewhere in the jungle the rebel leader Guevara is plotting a terrorist act: a bomb will be placed at the speakersí stand timed to explode when the governor appears. Anna makes contact with the rebels, while Eliza plots to kill Amor for what he has done to her friend. And Adrian is captured and drugged by the colonel. As the tension builds, the novel moves back in time, in the Book of Numbers, on a headlong, magical, sometimes hallucinatory reprise of Filipino history and the history of the families of the three young people. We learn of Japanese atrocities, Filipino greed and treachery, American coldness and venality. We learn how Adrianís fortune was made, how Anna became the strange and silent thinker she is, how Eliza is distantly related by European blood to Anna. And we meet characters whose actions and intents, thoughts and feelings are literally fabulous - a woman who forces icons to respond to prayers a distillery owner who is also master of forty-two ways of self-indulgence, a self-contained maid who determines her masterís fate, a boy who falls in love with a saxophone, a teenage Chinese girl with bound feet who dreams of the return of the Manchu Dynasty, a German chemist unable to brew beer. Finally; in the Book of Revelations, we reawaken to the present: once again we are at the festival on K________, about to witness the novelís shattering conclusion, its terrifying finale. Like Isabel Allendeís THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS, Ninotchka Roscaís novel is both a work of art and a powerful illumination of an entire culture and a country in conflict. Her achievement is timeless as well as masterful. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: A festival on a Phillipine island brings together--and prompts flashbacks into the pasts of--a rich, handsome young man, a tortured, revolutionary widow, and a beautiful courtesan's daughter who is the object of a cruel colonel's perverted desires

About the Author: 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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Title: State Of War
Publisher: Norton
Publication Date: 1988
Binding: hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket

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