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Ilustrado

(2010)
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Ilustrado opens with Crispin Salvador, lion of Philippine letters, dead in the Hudson River. His young acolyte, Miguel, sets out to investigate the author's suspicious death and the strange disappearance of an unfinished manuscript - a work that had been planned not just to return the once-great author to fame but to expose the corruption behind the rich families who have ruled the Philippines for generations.

To understand the death, Miguel scours the life, charting Salvador's trajectory via his poetry, interviews, novels, polemics, and memoirs. The literary fragments become patterns become stories become epic: a family saga of four generations tracing 150 years of Philippine history forged under the Spanish, the Americans, and the Filipinos themselves. Finally, we are surprised to learn that this story belongs to young Miguel as much as to his lost mentor, and we are treated to an unhindered view of a society caught between reckless decay and hopeful progress.

In the shifting terrain of this remarkably ambitious and daring first novel, Miguel Syjuco explores fatherhood, regret, revolution, and the mysteries of lives lived and abandoned.


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"A dazzling and virtuosic adventure." - Joseph O'Connor


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June 2010 : UK Hardback
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Title: Ilustrado
Author(s): Miguel Syjuco
ISBN: 0-330-51000-2 / 978-0-330-51000-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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May 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: Illustrado
Author(s): Miguel Syjuco
ISBN: 0-670-06395-9 / 978-0-670-06395-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
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April 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: Ilustrado: A Novel
Author(s): Miguel Syjuco
ISBN: 0-374-17478-4 / 978-0-374-17478-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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May 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: Ilustrado
Author(s): Miguel Syjuco
ISBN: 0-14-317261-1 / 978-0-14-317261-1 (UK edition)
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May 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: Ilustrado: A Novel
Author(s): Miguel Syjuco
ISBN: 0-312-57293-X / 978-0-312-57293-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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May 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: Ilustrado
Author(s): Miguel Syjuco
ISBN: 0-330-51002-9 / 978-0-330-51002-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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April 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: Ilustrado
Author(s): Miguel Syjuco
ISBN: 0-330-51389-3 / 978-0-330-51389-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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April 2010 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Ilustrado: A Novel
Author(s): Miguel Syjuco
ISBN: 1-4001-1720-8 / 978-1-4001-1720-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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April 2010 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Ilustrado: A Novel
Author(s): Miguel Syjuco
ISBN: 1-4001-4720-4 / 978-1-4001-4720-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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April 2010 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Ilustrado: A Novel
Author(s): Miguel Syjuco
ISBN: 1-4001-6720-5 / 978-1-4001-6720-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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April 2010 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Ilustrado: A Novel
Author(s): Miguel Syjuco
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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April 2010 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Ilustrado: A Novel
Author(s): Miguel Syjuco
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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Title: Ilustrado
Author(s): Miguel Syjuco
Publisher: Picador
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May 2010 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Ilustrado
Author(s): Miguel Syjuco
Publisher: Penguin Canada
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April 2010 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Ilustrado: A Novel
Author(s): Miguel Syjuco
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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