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Text: Spanish --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

José Rizal (1861–1896) is known as the hero of the Philippines and the greatest champion of Filipino nationalism and independence. He angered the Spanish authorities with Noli Me Tangere and its sequel and was executed.

Harold Augenbraum has published seven books on Latino literature of the United States, translated Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca’s Chronicle of the Narváez Expedition, the Filipino novelist José Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo for Penguin Classics, and with Ilan Stavans, the forthcoming The Plain in Flames by Juan Rulfo.
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Product Details

  • Series: Penguin Classics
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; 1 edition (May 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143106392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143106395
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Historically, it is the second novel that brought about the execution of its writer, Jose Rizal. He is well renowned by his country man as a martyr for speaking against the evils of Spanish Colonialism on the Philippine Archipelago. The Title, 'El Filibusterismo' is itself a daring challenge to the Spanish colonial ruling class of that time, Filibusterismo(Subversive) or those accused of being one is automatically in serious peril.
By itself, it is an independent narrative, but actually it was an intended continuation of the 'Noli Me Tangere'(loosely translated, it means `touch me not`). As well, it is equally contemporary with the treatment of obsession among the ruling class and the question of nationalism, which makes this novel political in nature as well. The difference, however, is that the optimism seen with Crisostomo Ibarra(The protagonist of the Noli Me Tangere) is absent in El Filibusterismo's main character. In the very first scene, on the upper deck of the ferry, we are introduced to a dark character by the name of Simoun. His origin is somewhat questionable at the beginning, but as the story unfolds, those who have read the Noli will soon realize the character's true identity.
It is somewhat Victorian with it's treatment of the characters' emotions, but it shouldn't be surprising. Rizal, who was educated in Europe, actually wrote this novel when he was in England. Somewhat satirical with its portrayal of colonial society, but it is also a romantic tragedy, in which Simoun's intentions regarding the freedom of his country is questioned. Is it out of vengeance? Or is it purely for the betterment of his native land?
It is indeed rhetoric, but as most scholars in the Philippines would say, 'it is superb rhetoric`.
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Author Jose Rizal was revered, even as a deity in the Philippines, most powerfully by groups known as Rizalistas. El Filibusterismo was recognized as a threat by the Spanish Church; it realizes Rizal's and the Filipino people's inner struggle at the time: to regain freedom and individuality through time or by shedding blood. Ibarra (Rizal's alter-ego) is constantly torn apart by the godlike status bestowed upon him--people look to him for direction--and the knowledge that his people are physically unable to overthrow the Spaniards. He is pushed constantly throughout the book to urge bloodshed. The climactic final chapters are as heart-pounding as the final moment's of the author's life. For Filipinos, it is our Uncle Tom's Cabin, it is Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses, a book that urges political change and challenges powerful institutions at great cost to the people it inspires.
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In Philippine history, Jose Rizal is unquestionably a National Hero.
But to appreciate him truly, one needs to actually read this book (which is a sequel to his preceding novel "Noli mi Tangere") . Jointly, these two novels are central to the understanding the mindset of the Philippino revolutionaries at the end of Spanish rule.
The novel reveals the relationships of a powerful corrupted ruling clergy in the Philippines in the late 1800's and a conquered people trapped within their faith, unable to question the power of the priests… I just reordered it in the kindle version.
This translation by Harold Augenbraum is easier for today's reader - compared to previous translations by Charles Derbyshire,
Ma Guerra & Locsin. Powerful commentaries are available in books by Ambeth Ocampo to expound on the subject matter.
For classics like Filibusterismo, it is essential to have re-translations for every new generation of readers !!
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By Kiko D Noypi on February 20, 2014
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Great book about the tyranny and corruption of the Spanish people to the Filipinos. If you are a pinoy/pinay, get this one. A little tricky to read but it is worth it.
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