But for the Lovers

But for the Lovers

by Wilfrido Nolledo
     
 

In the 25 years since its original publication, But for the Lovers has acquired an underground reputation as one of the most remarkable novels about World War II, doing for the Pacific war theater what Joseph Heller's Catch-22 did for the European one. Set in the Philippines, But for the Lovers depicts the survival of a cross-section of Filipinos

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In the 25 years since its original publication, But for the Lovers has acquired an underground reputation as one of the most remarkable novels about World War II, doing for the Pacific war theater what Joseph Heller's Catch-22 did for the European one. Set in the Philippines, But for the Lovers depicts the survival of a cross-section of Filipinos during the Japanese Occupation and the American Liberation. The cast is enormous, including an old man who used to wander the countryside entertaining children, a young girl raped by Japanese soldiers, guerrilla messengers bringing word of the coming of the American army, and a Japanese major who views the war as the first step of the liberation of the Asian people from Western civilization. This extraordinary novel is no less remarkable for the power and the beauty of its language than for the exotic and magical world it creates. Ranging from hallucinatory lyricism to documentary realism, from black humor sketches to scenes of horror and degradation, But for the Lovers is a rich and complex exploration of language, history, and mythology. The hardcover edition (Dutton, 1970) was praised by the New York Times Book Review as "stunning"; this is the first paperback edition, for which novelist Robert Coover has written an appreciative foreword.

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"[Nolledo has] perfect control of technique, and appears, enviably, to be able to write almost as he pleases" -- LJ

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"This is a strange, compelling book that has the tortuous complexity and is fraught with the labyrinthine terrors of a dream...." --Publishers Weekly

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"[Nolledo's] deliberately disjointed style merges personalities and events into one stunning nightmarewith a momentum all its own, and a built-in, kaleidoscopic continuity." --Martin Levin, New York Times Book Review

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For his first English novel, this Filipino author received high praise, including that of LJ's reviewer who claimed Nolledo "[has] perfect control of technique, and appears, enviably, to be able to write almost as he pleases" (LJ 11/1/70). The novel is set in Manila during the Japanese occupation as the American invasion is beginning. This remains an "important novel."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564780676
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date:
12/28/1994
Edition description:
1st Dalkey Archive ed
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
5.53(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Nolledo led an enriching literary career, producing works that won prizes and awards. Among them were: the National Cultural Award for Drama from the City of Manila, National Award for Drama from the Writers' Union of the Philippines, and the Roman Grand Prize for Novel. He also garnered a Great Filipino Achiever Award from the U.S.-Philippine Expo '94 "for distinguished career in literary writing, for the pride he has bestowed on the Filipino people through the recognition given him by…American publishers and readers." He was recognized in 2001 by his own school (San Beda University) with the Bedan of the Century trophy for lifetime achievement in literature.

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