About the book:
In the five-novel masterpiece, the Rosales saga, consisting of Po-on, Tree, My Brother, My Executioner, The Pretenders, Mass, Francisco Sionil Jose captures the sweep of Philippine history while simultaneously narrating the lives of generations of the Samsons whose personal lives intertwine with the social struggles of the nation. Because of their international appeal, his works, including his many short stories, have been published and translated into various languages.
Publisher: Solidaridad Publishing Inc.
Publication Date: 1978, 2016
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 Po-on, Tree, My Brother, My Executioner, The Pretenders, Mass, 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.