Confessions of A Volcano: A Novel

Confessions of A Volcano: A Novel

Eric Gamalinda / Oct 19, 2019

Confessions of A Volcano A Novel Confessions is an important text because it explores a different psycho social landscape it works within a Buddhist sensibility a Japanese aesthetic and places the Filipino novel on unfamiliar grou

  • Title: Confessions of A Volcano: A Novel
  • Author: Eric Gamalinda
  • ISBN: 9789712700521
  • Page: 343
  • Format: None
  • Confessions is an important text because it explores a different psycho social landscape, it works within a Buddhist sensibility, a Japanese aesthetic, and places the Filipino novel on unfamiliar grounds an Asian tradition Philippine tradition as a mixture of folk belief, Roman Catholicism, and Spanish and American influences seems to have developed apart from major Asi Confessions is an important text because it explores a different psycho social landscape, it works within a Buddhist sensibility, a Japanese aesthetic, and places the Filipino novel on unfamiliar grounds an Asian tradition Philippine tradition as a mixture of folk belief, Roman Catholicism, and Spanish and American influences seems to have developed apart from major Asian religious and philosophical traditions It is this other Asian tradition that Daniel, the novel s protagonist, encounters in his visit to Japan During his visit, he learns about Filipino contract workers, the Japayuki, the pleasure girls imported from other Asian countries He witnesses the exploitation of these workers At the same time and quite at odds with social reality, Daniel has an aesthetic pursuit he is fascinated by the life and work of Osamu Dazai, an early twentieth century Japanese writer His fascinationwith Dazai, who committed suicide by throwing himself into the Tokyo River, leads him to recreate a Japanese writer s sensibility TOMAS N SANTOSin Philippine Studies

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      • Eric Gamalinda

        Eric T Gamalinda is a poet, a fictionist and an essayist He took undergraduate courses at the UST for three years and the UP for a semester He was a local fellow for poetry of the UP ICW in 1983 In 1990, he went to Great Britain to represent the Philippines in the Cambridge International Writers Conference and to attend the Hawthornden International Writers Retreat in Scotland, 1991 he got a Rockefeller Foundation residency in Bellagio, Italy He participated in the Japan International Cooperation Agency s Programme for the 21st century He currently works with the Center for Investigative Journalism.Gamalinda s poems are collected in Fire Poem Rain Poem 1976 and Lyrics From a Dead Language 1991 His stories have been gathered in Peripheral Vision 1992 His first novel, Planet Waves 1989 , was set during the turbulent Martial Law era A second novel, Confessions of a Volcano 1990 , was written after a visit to Japan, and explores the differences between Filipino and Japanese consciousness A third novel, The Empire of Memory 1992 , is set against the momentous events before, during, and after the EDSA revolt.Two of Gamalinda s poetry collections won prizes in the Palanca Ara Vos Prec won in 1985, while Patria y Muerte won in 1988 He also won Palanca awards for Anatomy of a Passionate Derangement, a one act play in 1980, Mourning and Weeping in this Valley of Tears, a short story in 1988, and The Unbearable Lightness of EDSA, an essay in 1990 His novel, Planet Waves received the National Book Award for fiction from the Manila Critics Circle in 1989 Source here.


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    1. I was curious about how this book supposedly "[placed] the Filipino novel on unfamiliar grounds: an Asian tradition." I have always been fascinated by the culture of Japan, and that is the principal reason for my buying this book--I wanted to see how the Filipino and Japanese cultures would mesh together in the space of the novel.With this juxtaposition, my own prejudices against my own country were painfully called out, and it made me incredibly guilty, even as I continued to admire the Japanes [...]


    2. I wanted only to catch her in that moment of frailty, the way one admires a leaf just at the moment when it falls.Sa pagkapanalo sa isang patimpalak ay nabigyang pagkakataong mabisita ni Daniel ang bansa ng mga Hapon. Sa maikling panahong pananatili niya sa nasabing bansa ay makikilala niya si Luisa. Isang kababayang sa tingin niya ay makatutulong sa kanyang pananaliksik, ngunit hindi niya sukat akalaing may lalim palang angkin.Noong una, akala ko alam ko na ang mangyayari. Kasi tipikal naman yu [...]





    3. "I have an edge over him: I write novels, and I dissolve my frustrations in the mesh of sentiments I throw in. He has no special function other than to observe, and that is the greatest frustration of all, to be able to observe and not do anything about it."It’s astoundingly obvious that Eric Gamalinda’s Confessions of a Volcano (new edition by Anvil, 2014) is another polemical novel fused with the urgent desire to teach its readers the ins and outs of creative writing. Why polemical? Anothe [...]


    4. "Sometimes I like to think we choose yo go on living not because we are too drained even to bother with killing ourselves, but because of some obstinate, burning instinct for hope."Beautiful. 10/10 would read repeatedly.(And I admit the last chapter helped me a little in coping with this depressive feeling that's been hanging around me lately.)Thank you, Eric Gamalinda, for existing.


    5. One of those among the pile I think I should read again, when I'm older. Wiser. Or so I think.Reviews are piling up. Add this to the list.


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