About the book:
F. Sionil Jose’s Gagamba depicts the individual stories of people in that earthquake of 1990, whilst disclaiming that “all the events and characters in this novel are real only in the reader’s imagination.” Each character is so vividly painted by José that they become so transparently identifiable with actual persons, in events still fresh from our collective memory.
Publisher: Solidaridad Publishing Inc.
Publication Date: 1991
About the author:
The sheer volume of works by National Artist for Literature Francisco Sionil Jose puts him on the forefront of Philippine writing in English. His most important contribution to Philippine literature is his consistent use of the themes of national sovereignty and social justice.
In the five-novel masterpiece, the Rosales saga, consisting of The Pretenders, Tree, My Brother, My Executioner, Mass, and Po-on, he narrates the struggle of generations of Filipinos through the lives of the family Samson and in so doing, captures the Filipino’s quest for an elusive identity and nationhood. His works have been published and translated into various languages.
F. Sionil Jose is also a publisher, lecturer on cultural issues, and the founder of the Philippine chapter of the international organization PEN. He was bestowed the CCP Centennial Honors for the Arts in 1999; the Outstanding Fulbrighters Award for Literature in 1988; the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism, Literature, and Creative Communication Arts in 1980; and the National Artist Award for Literature in 2001.