About the book:
The essays in this collection are : Our Place in the Sun, Culture and Development, Urbanization In Our Time, Revolution and History, The Challenge of History, Rizal As Novelist: An appreciation, Memory and Collaboration, Notes on the Writing of a Saga, Private Sin, Public Virtue, Art and Revolution.
The essays also reflect the author’s rationale for his critical ideas as an advocate for nationalist revolution. From Philippine history, he draws his strength as a cultural worker and creative writer.
Publisher: Solidaridad Publishing Inc.
Publication Date: 1999
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.