Revolution According to Raymundo Mata
Revolution According to Raymundo Mata

Raymundo Mata is a nightblind bookworm and a revolutionary in the Philippine war against Spain in 1896. Told in the form of a memoir, the novel traces Mata's childhood, his education in Manila, his love affairs, and his discovery of the books of the man who becomes the nation's great hero José Rizal (Rizal, in real life, is executed by the Spaniards for writing two great novels that spark revolution—the Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo. At the time Rizal died, he was working on a third novel, Makamisa).

Raymundo Mata's autobiography, however, is de-centered by another story: that of the development of the book. In the foreword(s), afterword(s), and footnotes, we see the translator Mimi C. Magsalin (a pseudonym), the rabid nationalist editor Estrella Espejo, and the neo-Freudian psychoanalyst critic Dr. Diwata Drake make multiple readings of the Mata manuscript. Inevitably, clashes between these readings occur throughout the novel, and in the end the reader is on a wild chase to answer enduring questions: Does the manuscript contain Makamisa or is it Makamisa? Are the journals an elaborate hoax? And who is the perpetrator of the textual crime?

In this story about the love of books, the story of a nation emerges. But what is a nation? What The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata imagines is that through acts of reading, a nation is born.

Title Revolution According to Raymundo Mata
Edition First Edition
Author Gina Apostol
Publisher Soho Press
Title First Published 12 January 2021
Format Hardcover
Nb of pages 360 p.
Product Detail 1 Cloth
ISBN-10 1641291834
ISBN-13 9781641291835
Publication Date 12 January 2021
Product Content Text (eye-readable)
Main content page count 360
Dimensions 5.7 x 1.2 x 8.5 in.
Weight 32 oz.

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