'A dazzling and virtuosic adventure' Joseph O'Connor, author of
Star of the Sea Internationally Bestselling Winner of the Man Asian
Literary Prize 2008 'With Ilustrado, Miguel Syjuco obliges us to
remake the canons of our great classics of contemporary literature.
Ilustrado is, literally, a masterpiece' Alberto Manguel It begins
with a body. One anonymous winter day, the corpse of Crispin
Salvador is pulled from the Hudson River. Gone is the controversial
giant of Asian literature. And missing is the only manuscript of
his final book, an expose of the corrupt roots of the ruling
Filipino families, meant to restore his once dazzling reputation.
His student, Miguel, is suspicious of the suicide verdict. He
investigates: first sifting through the dead man's work for clues,
then journeying from New York to Manila, seeking out family,
colleagues, and anyone who might hold pieces of the puzzle. But
when Miguel assembles the fragments of his mentor's past, this
ambitious and rewarding novel expands into far wider contexts --
political, social, historical, literary. As patterns emerge, the
mystery of a death deepens into the greater mysteries of life --
and the reader makes increasingly significant discoveries of their
own, until the startling revelation of the final page. 'A big,
bold, cunning, impassioned, plangent and very funny book' Scotsman
'Bristling with comic verve, metafictional playfulness, and an
undertone of expatriate nostalgia ...an impressive, vibrant mix of
Borgesian literary labyrinth and acerbic emigre comedy' Sunday
Times 'A seethingly ambitious debut ...US critics have cited Bolano
as an obvious comparison; others may think of Midnight's
Children-era Rushdie' Independent
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