[Blueboard] Launch of Rosario de Guzman Lingat's Novels Translated by Soledad S. Reyes on Thursday, 5 December 2013

Department of Interdisciplinary Studies [LS] is.soh at ateneo.edu
Tue Dec 3 14:53:59 PHT 2013

The Dean of the School of Humanities


The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies

 cordially invite you to the launch


 Rosario de Guzman Lingat’s Novels

*The Death of Summer*

(De La Salle University Publishing House)

*What Now, Ricky? *

(Anvil Publishing Inc.)

*The Cloak of God*

(De La Salle University Publishing House)

Translated by Soledad S. Reyes


Thursday, 5 December 2013

 4:30 pm

Natividad Galang Fajardo Conference Room

G/F De La Costa Hall

Ateneo de Manila University

 RSVP 4266001 loc. 5340/5341

 *The Death of Summer *(*Kung Wala na ang Tag-araw*, 1969) was Rosario de
Guzman Lingat’s masterful version of the universal theme of carpe diem.  It
chronicled the experiences of Victor, a modern version of the sun
worshipper, whose philandering ways brought suffering to his wife and
children. In the twilight of his years, after a physical and mental
breakdown, Victor’s estranged wife, Anastacia, came back to what was left
of the family. Anastacia had refused to take his infidelities sitting down.

Critics such as Bienvenido Lumbera and Virgilio Almario pointed to the
novelist’s depth of understanding of the psychology of betrayal, and her
ability to navigate the shoals of her characters’ complex emotions that she
rendered in a non-sentimental, often ironic way.

*What Now Ricky?* (*Ano Ngayon, Ricky*?, 1971) was perhaps Lingat’s most
political novel written after she had participated in the Palihan workshop
held at the Ateneo de Manila University in 1970.  The novel followed the
activities of Ricky, an idealistic college student from Tondo, in the
tumult and violence of the First Quarter Storm.  As Ricky immersed himself
more deeply in the activists’ cause, he realized how intricately linked the
personal and the political were.  The postwar Tondo was a microcosm of
Philippine society, a volcano about to explode, where various types
represented the sector of carping critics who offered nothing but empty
rhetoric, the corrupt bureaucracy, the disillusioned youth who turned to
crime, the innocent victims of injustice, the selfish pleasure-seekers, and
the few brave ones who did something to change an intolerable status quo.
The novel was a 1970s*bildungsroman.*

*The Cloak of God* (*Ang Balabal ng Diyos*, 1975), with its unflinching
examination of the phenomenal rise of a charlatan to become the nation’s
popular religious leader, should find resonance today as we see the
proliferation of mass cults and pseudo-religious movements that have
attracted millions of followers.  The novel plotted the strategies resorted
to by a failed stage actor, an aging actress, and a stage director to
manufacture a highly idealized image of the leader that resonated with the
people’s desire for certainty in the midst of the chaos and uncertainty  of
the postwar years. The novel also problematized the nature and meaning of
religion and the role of the anointed ones (the men who wore the cloak of
God) in the mission to save the souls of the faithful.

*Rosario de Guzman Lingat* (1924-1997) was a novelist, short story writer
and a prolific contributor to komiks magazines in the 1960s and 1970s.  In
less than two decades, she published a great number of popular texts in the
country’s most popular magazines.  Her novels and story stories belonged to
popular literature often marginalized in academe.   The above novels should
problematize the way in which much of popular literature has been viewed
and evaluated.

Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
School of Humanities
2/F De La Costa Hall
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, Quezon City
4266001 loc. 5340/5341
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