by Jessica Tarahata Hagedorn

Paper Book, 1990





New York : Pantheon Books, c1990.


Jessica Hagedorn has transformed her bestselling novel about the Philippines during the reign of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos into an equally powerful theatrical piece that is a multi-layered tour de force. As Harold Bloom writes, "Hagedorn expresses the conflicts experienced by Asian immigrants caught between cultures . . . she takes aim at racism in the U.S. and develops in her dramas the themes of displacement and the search for belonging." Jessica Hagedorn is a performance artist, poet, novelist and playwright, born and raised in the Philippines. Her novels include Dogeaters (Penguin 1990) which was nominated for a National Book Award and The Gangster of Love (Penguin 1996); a short story collection, Danger and Beauty (City Lights 2002).… (more)

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LibraryThing member thioviolight
After putting this book off for nearly five years, I finally picked it up and found myself enjoying it even more than I expected. The novel is fast-paced and rich with imagery from Philippine pop culture and 20th century history, filled with a well-realized cast of characters. I felt so at home reading the book!


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