In celebration of Dr. José P. Rizal 150th birth anniversary, and Penguin Classics’ 65th anniversary, Penguin, the world’s leading publisher of literary classics, is proud to add to its list, El Filibusterismo, the stunning continuation of the great revolutionary epic of the Philippines—in a new translation by the Executive Director of the National Book Foundation, Harold Augenbraum.
Penguin Classics first published Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere in 2006, also translated by Harold Augenbraum, as the first Filipino novel included in Penguin Classics. This acclaim, over 100 years after Rizal’s death, proves that the Filipino novel is a literary great and is as important to the world as other classics such as Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina and Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. (In 2008, Jose Garcia Villa’s collection of poems, Doveglion, was also published by Penguin Classics.)
“As we launch our summer in our 65th anniversary year, it is with great pride as a Filipino American that I share a new Penguin Classics edition of Jose Rizal’s El Filibusterismo. Jose Rizal’s words sparked the Philippine revolution, and his legacy helped to shape what the Philippines is today. In a world where readers are inspired to action by words, from books to text messages, we strive to enrich, engage and educate each other with a shared global bookshelf of the world’s great classics. Discover or return to Rizal, bring him into your classroom or book group, add him to your must-read list this summer,” advises Elda Rotor the Editorial Director of Penguin Classics, who was instrumental in the publication of Rizal among the other literary giants of the world in the roster of Penguin Classics.
Picking up the story of Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not) thirteen years later, the sequel EL FILIBUSTERISMO (Penguin Classics Original / ISBN: 978-0-143-10639-5 / 368 pages / $17.00), presents a gripping tale of obsession and revenge. Gone are the Noli’s themes of innocent love, its hero, Ibarra, a man of great integrity and vision, replaced by the mysterious jeweler Simoun and a venal—and reprehensible—cast of characters. The result of Rizal’s growth as writer and influenced by his exposure to international events, El Filibusterismo is a riveting and suspenseful account of Filipino resistance to colonial rule that still resonates today.
Fellow Penguin author and Filipino American novelist Jessica Hagedorn said, “Augenbraum has done a masterful job translating El Filibusterismo and provides another elegant, well-researched and thoughtful introduction. Though the Noli remains the better-known of the two, this powerful sequel shows us a more complicated, tough-minded Rizal and deserves a wider readership.”
The Philippine Consulate General in New York, as well as CORE, a group of Filipino American professionals in New York, will launch the book to the Filipino American community at the Philippine Center on Fifth Avenue on the evening of June 16, 2011.
Penguin Classics’ El Filibusterismo will be available anywhere books are sold in the US, and in the Philippines, at National Bookstore, Powerbooks and Fully Booked starting June 1st, when it joins Noli Me Tangere in the roster of Penguin Classics.