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Bibliolepsy by Gina Apostol


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Bibliolepsy by Gina Apostol
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Jan 04, 2022 | ISBN 9781641292511

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Prasie for Bibliolepsy

Winner of the Philippine National Book Award

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 a dizzyingly eloquent, slightlydisturbing, 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

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 intoeverything.”
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 Philppine 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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