College of Arts and Social Sciences and Dept. of Filipino Professor German V. Gervacio launches his novel Hari Manawari on July 11 at the Bookyukay Bookstore (55 Maginhawa St., Teachers Village, Quezon City).
Gervacio, resident panellist in the Iligan National Writers Workshop, is a three-time Palanca winner among other literary awards that have recognized him a major Filipino poet, fictionist, and playwright. His poems have also been widely anthologized, among these in the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Ani, U.P. Likhaan, Relasyon, Ipuipo sa Piging, Mondo Marcos, Subverso, Mindanao Forum, among many others.
Ateneo de Manila Professor Dr. Edgar Calabia Samar writes: The inter-textual compositions in “Hari Manawari” have created a stir — from the chants of riddles, folk stories, and epics, the popular awit at korido, the polemics of contemporary criticism, and the deconstructions of narratives from the west from the Greeks to the Romantic tales of Europe, and even the Bible. The contents, oftentimes hilarious, keep the reader glued to this engrossing read. The writer to highlight Postmodernist tensions in the work merges traditional formal and contemporary colloquial language.
The novel is published by Publikasyong Tapat and will soon be available in the mainstream bookstores.