The Eye of the Fish

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EYE OF THE FISH is a deft, luminously intelligent examination of the Philippines that crosscuts between Francia's recollections of the Philippines of his youth and accounts of his travels though the archipelago over the past two decades. The Philippines that Francia explores is a country indelibly marked by both Spanish and Amrican colonialism, a collection of over 7,000 islands where cultural alliances and political ideology have pushed aside identity politics, and where traditional beliefs both mimic and ...
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Eye of the Fish: A Personal Archipelago

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Overview

EYE OF THE FISH is a deft, luminously intelligent examination of the Philippines that crosscuts between Francia's recollections of the Philippines of his youth and accounts of his travels though the archipelago over the past two decades. The Philippines that Francia explores is a country indelibly marked by both Spanish and Amrican colonialism, a collection of over 7,000 islands where cultural alliances and political ideology have pushed aside identity politics, and where traditional beliefs both mimic and subvert conventional Christian piety. Painters and priests, island shamans and small-town politicians, cultists, feminists, and infamous first ladies all make an appearance in this imaginative and idiosyncratic exploration of home. Through their stories, and through his own memories of life in the Philippines and the United States, Francia reflects on the hybridity that is simultaneouly the burden and the benediction of the Philippines -- and of his own mestizo self.
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Francia was born and raised in Manila and currently lives in New York City, where he writes for the Village Voice, Manila's Philippine Daily Inquirer, and Hong Kong's Asiaweek. He has previously published two collections of poetry and a collection of his reviews and essays. His new book is a description of his experiences in the Philippines, from his memories of childhood and adolescence to his adult experiences as a journalist. Observant and receptive to the stories of many, including freedom fighters and rice farmers, Francia presents a series of descriptions and contradictions that intrigue the reader. The narrative meanders from past to present, using Francia's experiences as the framework for exploring the Philippines. The result is intriguing and well constructed, but the topic may not have wide appeal. Recommended for larger public and academic libraries that collect materials about the Philippines. Alison Hopkins, Queens Borough P.L., Jamaica, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781885030313
  • Publisher: D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Luis H. Francia was born and raised in Manila and now resides in New York City. He has published two collections of poetry,edited several anthologies, and published a collection of his reviews and essays. He also recently co-edited Vestiges of War, an anthology of works that deal with the aftermath of the 1899 Philippine-American War,which is forthcoming in late 2000. Francia has also curated film and video programs for several international film festivals, the Anthology Film Archives, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Guggenheim Museum. He writes for The Village Voice, Manilais Philippine Daily Inquirer, and Hong Kongis Asiaweek, and teaches Asian American literature at Sarah Lawrence College.
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