Penguin edition of Nick Joaquin's novel to come out this April

Happy birthday, Quijano de Manila!


( Penguin Classics titles are classics for a reason. Their collection "represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines," according to Penguin's website. Now joining the ranks of "classic literature in the English-speaking world" is a Filipino title—The Woman Who Had Two Navels and Tales of the Tropical Gothic by National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin (a.k.a. Quijano de Manila). The book will come out on April 18 in both paperback and e-book forms.


It's up there with Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment, Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken and Other Poems, and Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy. He also joins three other Filipino titles on the Penguin Classics shelf: Jose Rizal's El Filibusterismo and Noli Me Tangere and Jose Garcia Villa's Doveglion.


The Woman Who Had Two Navels and Tales of the Tropical Gothic includes the novel in the title, two short stories from his anthology Tropical Gothic titled May Day Eve and The Summer Solstice, and his famous play A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino. This is the first U.S. publication of Joaquin's stories and it comes with a foreword by PEN/Open Book Award winner Gina Apostol. The launch coincides with the celebration of his 100th birth anniversary on May 4.


Pre-orders are now available through the Penguin Random House website. The paperback edition is at U.S. $18 while the e-book version is at U.S. $11.99.


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