The latest from Tomine is a memoir-in-vignettes exploring the most embarrassing and cringe-inducing moments of his life as an artist. From a reading at an empty bookstore to moments of mistaken self-importance to disastrous interviews, Tomine mines his life for hilarious anecdotes that shine a spotlight on the less charming aspects of creative life. However, it is in the tender and heartwarming scenes of life with his wife and children that Tomine's mastery really shows, demonstrating why he's one of this medium's true explorers of the quotidian.
The arrival of the Great Philippine Novel on what once was--and arguably still is, the shore of the Philippines' colonial master is not only cause for celebration but one more layer of historical irony for Apostol's exceptional and irreverent postmodern masterpiece, which buttresses what is ostensibly the diary of a Filipino revolutionary with a meta structure of academic repartee that showcases every weapon in the gifted Apostol's literary arsenal.
Told in eight single-paragraph chapters by as many different narrators, Hurricane Season is an assault of language that leaves the reader in a state of ecstatic discombobulation, searching for an elusive truth among the dueling narratives. On its face, this is a story about the murder of a witch and the search for her killers and their motivation, but at a deeper level Melchor has constructed a discordant and wild portrait of a small town riven by poverty, politics, and sex.