Insurrecto

Insurrecto

Histories and personalities collide in this literary tour-de-force about the Philippines' present and America's past by the PEN Open Book Award?winning author of Gun Dealer's Daughter. Two women, a Filipino translator and an American filmmaker, go on a road trip in Duterte?s Philippines, collaborating and clashing in the writing of a film script about a massacre during the Histories and personalities collide in this literary tour-de-force about the Philippines' present and America's pa...

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Title:Insurrecto
Author:Gina Apostol
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:1616959444
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

Insurrecto Reviews

  • Eugene
    Sep 07, 2018
    A polymath's lyricism is woven with post-colonial tristesse. A deft and labyrinthine depiction of our helpless condition of ever-revolving insurrection, Gina Apostol has created an elegant mise en abyme wherein the colonizer and the colonized reflect themselves over and over and yet ov...
  • Jee Koh
    Jan 13, 2019
    It restores my faith in the novel as a literary form. ...
  • jo
    Feb 21, 2019
    gina apostol is a brilliant writer and a polymath. the book is as lovely at the sentence level (so. much. beautiful. writing) as it is mindblowing in its conception. the layering is not discreet, but let me try: - a filipino translator is trying her hand at writing a mystery - whi...
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    Dec 06, 2018
    I found the audiobook of this on Hoopla, but the narrative of this book is complex so I would recommend reading a hard copy if one is available to you. This is a multi-layered story about two women traveling in the Philippines-a young American filmmaker and a translator. A central them...
  • Cecily Sailer
    Dec 08, 2018
    This is metafiction at an artisanal level. A gorgeous, haunting, harrowing take on American imperialism in the Philippines, refracted through the lens of two female filmmakers with competing narratives of power, victimization, cultural exchange/appropriation, and memory. Apostol's fict...
  • Annie
    Oct 18, 2018
    Insurrecto, by Gina Apostal, is a strange hybrid of a novel. It encapsulates the Balangiga Massacre of 1901 inside of the story of a woman trying to explore her auteur father?s disappearance through file, wrapped inside of a translator?s attempts to write a mystery novel about a fa...
  • Nadine
    Jan 16, 2019
    This is one of those books you want to start again immediately after finishing it - there is so much going on on so many levels I know my brain didn't pick it all up. It's a kaleidoscope of stories within stories, and spiralling ideas on colonialism, filmmaking, popular culture and mor...
  • Nick Klagge
    Dec 02, 2018
    I found this book a difficult read in more ways than one--both literarily and as a matter of reflection on national and family history. But I found it very worthwhile and recommend reading it, especially to Americans who know little about the Philippine-American war of the early 20th c...
  • Gabe
    Aug 01, 2018
    One of the best novels of the year. ...
  • Aimee Dars
    Feb 05, 2019
    Chiara Brasi, a director, has arrived in the Philippines to make a pilgrimage to Samar where her father, Ludo, also a director, filmed his Vietnam War movie, The Unintended. She hires translator and budding mystery writer Magsalin who grew up in the Philippines but relocated to New...
  • Kevin Tracey
    Feb 02, 2019
    I loved the beautiful language, and learning about another sordid chapter in American imperialism. I might not have the right kind of brain for this book as i found the narrative so confusing that I would not be able to summarize the story until the very end when the two protagonists e...
  • Marchpane
    Nov 18, 2018
    Kaleidoscopic metafiction in the Philippines Towards the beginning of Insurrecto there is a reference to Duchamp?s Nude Descending a Staircase, an early 20th century artwork inspired by stop-motion photography, which depicts a figure in motion using overlapping abstract forms. Thi...
  • Paltia
    Jan 27, 2019
    Gina Apostol?s knowledge seems infinite. It surely left me feeling an uninformed idiot. This story reads like an elegantly choreographed dance performed in hell. Forty eight Americans were deemed equal to 30,000 Filipinos. A sickening war that like all wars goes beyond tragedy. A uni...
  • Jan
    Dec 09, 2018
    Contrary to the cover photo, this is a very modern or even postmodern novel. It exposes an important episode in Philippine-American history through the interactions two contemporary, strong-willed women, one a Filippina translator and one an American filmmaker. There's enough going on ...
  • Anna
    Jul 17, 2018
    God, I love Gina Apostol. The book is nervy, erudite, and ambitious in its exploration of American imperialism in the Philippines, the massacre in Samar, and the current political climate in the country. I'm not entirely sure the tough balancing act she's doing is always pulled off, an...
  • lisa
    Jan 08, 2019
    I have a five star read, and it's the first book I've read this year!!!! It is difficult to describe this novel because it's a bunch of things at once, and I was almost halfway through it before I figured out its structure. Chiara and Magsalin are two women who couldn't be more diff...
  • Jaclyn Crupi
    Jan 29, 2019
    How far can you push a labyrinthine meta-fictional, meta-cinematic novel complete with linked film scripts that takes on US imperialism and the troubled Philippine?American relationship and history? Exactly this far. Loved it. Reminded me of THE SYMPATHIZER but was even more dizzying...
  • Paris (parisperusing)
    Dec 13, 2018
    Initial thoughts: Girl, bye. Well. This was definitely not the book I believed it was going to be. Gina Apostol?s Insurrecto, a novel of two women ? one a translator, the other a filmmaker ? forever bumping heads as they scribe the infamous and continuous brutalities of the Ph...
  • Kathleen Gray
    Nov 07, 2018
    I really wanted to like this but I found it impenetrable at times. Apostol has used the stories of two modern women to tell the story of atrocities at Balangiga in 1901. There's a lot going on between Chiara the filmmaker, Magsalin who translates and rewrites her script, and the histor...
  • Rachel
    Nov 15, 2018
    This review was first published on my blog In Between Book Pages. eARC was provided by the publisher through Edelweiss. As much as I love reading historical fiction based off other countries? histories, I am hungry to see my own country?s history be featured in one, and that was...
  • Joshua Delos reyes
    Dec 05, 2018
    It was good, until Apostol tried too hard :/ ...
  • L A
    Oct 30, 2018
    I received an advanced reading copy of Insurrecto from NetGalley and Soho Press in exchange for an honest review. I was quite interested to read this as the Philippines is not an area of the world I am very familiar with and I was looking forward to gaining an insight into the cultu...
  • Jessie
    Dec 13, 2018
    About two contemporary women, a filmmaker and a writer, travelling around the Philippines with a duelling narrative about an uprising against the Americans in 1901, this book tried to do all of the things. What I liked: 1. The idea of the book. There is an important story in there some...
  • Miranda
    Aug 07, 2018
    So complex and mind-boggling and incredibly meta, but so so worth it at the end. ...
  • Sam Shaw
    Oct 21, 2018
    From the PEN Open Book Award-winning author of Gun Dealers? Daughter, Gina Apostol, comes Insurrecto, a haunting tribute to America?s past and present for the people of the Philippines. Woven between the parallel storylines of Filipino translator Magsalin and American filmmaker Chi...
  • Jenni
    Apr 24, 2019
    "The Philippine-American war is unremembered," concludes the story, and that was the unexpected, weightiest takeaway for me for reading this novel that is simultaneously hilarious, deliciously written, yet heartbreaking in so many ways. I borrowed this from the library, and it's going ...
  • Lark Benobi
    Dec 31, 2018
    Insurrecto gives me faith that the root meaning of 'novel', nouvelle, something new?will continue to be true for a long time to come. Every sentence here was a revelation. Manila?so perfectly captured. The strange, very strange layer of popular American culture that paints itself o...
  • hweatherfield
    Oct 09, 2018
    I really tried to enjoy this book (as it touches upon Filipino identity and history), something I can relate to as an American-Filipino. Unfortunately I just couldn't enjoy the writer's style - the unnecessarily flowery language and the constant choppiness of the perspective made it di...
  • Collin
    Dec 04, 2018
    This is an amazing, skilfully written book. Apostol uses repetition, alliteration, multiple perspectives, and shifts the narrative back and forth in time, all to wonderful effect. In fact, after finishing this book, I feel it?s much deeper than I first thought and think I have only p...
  • Liz Mc2
    May 14, 2019
    This book was constantly surprising me in the best way. ?Kaleidoscopic? is a good description of a narrative in which fragments refract and reflect each other?the non-sequential chapter numbering helps make sense of how they fit together. It?s a novel of ideas but it never feel...