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Dec 06, 2022 | ISBN 9781641294119

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The New Yorker Best Books of the Year So Far
An ABA IndieNext Selection for January

A Bustle Most Anticipated Book of January
Winner of the Philippine National Book Award

“[A] hypnotic coming-of-age novel.”
—The New Yorker

“Audacious . . . Apostol creates a striking contrast between wry, outlandish statements and earnest ones verging on spiritual.”
—The New York Times

“For all those who’ve wondered if there exists a female Roberto Bolaño—lusty, word-drunk, and ferociously committed to her milieu—here’s Gina Apostol!”
—Sandi Tan, author of Lurkers

“Now available for the first time in the US, Bibliolepsy is an original and surprising take on the revolution of love and books that threatened to take down the Marcos dictatorship.”
Ms. Magazine

“Bibliolepsy, despite all the couplings and uncouplings, is not a love story, or at least not a typical love story involving a man or a woman. It is, as the title implies, about an obsessive, overpowering love of books . . . For those of us who have gotten down on our hands and knees to thoroughly search bargain book bins . . . we will find our fervor echoed in the character of pale, biblioleptic Primi, and find Bibliolepsy dizzyingly eloquent, slightly disturbing, but ultimately strangely comforting.”
—Luis Katigbak, The Philippine Star

“Other people write tomes that would be better off as doorstops. In 160 pages, Gina Apostol serves up Manila in the eighties, swift, Swiftian, sexy, and sad.”
—Danton Remoto, author of Riverrun: A Novel

“A love letter to reading and readers.”

“A surprising and irreverent literary debut, Bibliolepsy is an exploration of language and desire that offers an unusual perspective of living through political turmoil.”
—Shelf Awareness, Starred Review

“Delightfully conceived and realized.”
—The Complete Review

“Extraordinary . . . Apostol’s language is a constant delight, frank and full of felicitous turns of phrase and abundant humor. Layered and fully realized, it’s deserving of several readings.”
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Full of little verbal surprises and humor . . . It’s fun to watch the author play with the contrast between her self-involved heroine, who frets that ‘the winds of change were making people sing folk songs that were driving me nuts, and the reality of radical political change.”
—Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Gina Apostol
“A bravura performance in which war becomes farce, history becomes burlesque . . . Apostol is a magician with language (think Borges, think Nabokov) who can swing from slang and mockery to the stodgy argot of critical theory. She puns with gusto, potently and unabashedly, until one begins reading double meanings, allusions and ulterior motives into everything.”
The New York Times

“Gina Apostol uses an array of literary and cinematic techniques: memoirs, jump cuts, close-ups, and reveries to set a story in Duterte’s Philippines that shows us that though victors often write histories, survivors and artists can revise them.”
—NPR’s Weekend Edition

“[Apostol] weaves the complex tangle of Philippine history, literature, and languages (along with contemporary academic scholarship) into a brilliant tour de force of a novel.”
—John Barth, author of Lost in the Funhouse

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