from Publishers' Weekly Best Books issue:
"Our cover author this year is Gina Apostol, author of the novel Insurrecto. It’s a pyrotechnical marvel with a plot rooted in the Philippine-American War, which spools out over decades and across the globe as the book asks questions about class, conquest, and who gets to tell history. The minute our fiction editor finished reading it, he was convinced it was Best Books material. Turns out he was right, and we think you’ll feel the same way. ...Of the thousands of books we reviewed this year, we’ve picked the 100 best adult titles..."
The revolution According to Raymundo Mata
Pub Date: because of publishing issues during the coronavirus, moved to January 12, 2020. Soho Press will publish a revised U.S. edition of The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata. Originally published by Anvil Publishing in Manila, Philippines, the novel won the National Book Award in the Philippines (the Juan Laya Prize) and the Gintong Aklat Award (Golden Book Award) from the National Book Development Board of the Philippines.
The New York Times reviews Insurrecto. "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 novel’s title may be read as describing the Filipinos who rose up against their colonizers; the translator bent on destabilizing the narratives imposed on her country; or Apostol herself, whose explosion of formal novelistic conventions is its own kind of uprising. Though ambiguity and the unknowable drive and derange this novel’s characters, I don’t believe Apostol is arguing against the existence of demonstrable fact. “Insurrecto” underscores how excruciatingly difficult it can be to interpret, to verify. But it never underrates the obligation to try."