The Bread Of Salt And Other Stories
This book provides a retrospective collection of sixteen of the author's short stories, arranged in the order of their writing, from the early 1950's to the present. This is a powerful collection, both for the unity and universality of the author's subjects and themes and for the distinctive character of his prose style.
Each of these sixteen tales is a small masterpiece. The language and its imagery, the characters and their aspirations, all connect powerfully with the reader and serve to illuminate the dreams of exiles and colonials, suggesting what it is like, as a Filipino, to witness the endless interacting of cultures.
Long considered the dean of modern Philippine Literature, N.V.M. Gonzalez has influenced an entire generation of young Philippine writers and has also acquired a devoted international readership. He has traveled widely and has taught the writer's craft in various countries. Nonetheless, his primary metaphor is his homeland, and his stories are peopled with the farmers and the fishermen, the schoolteachers and small-town merchants, the underclass who constitute the majority in all society.
Born in Romblon in 1915, Gonzalez grew up in Mindoro and began writing after high school. His first story collection, "Seven Hills Away," won him a fellowship to Stanford, and identified him as the first Filipino writer to appear on the Post World War II literary scene. Other books followed including "A Season of Grace", and "Children of the Ash-Covered Loam and Other Stories."
He has received many honors, among which, the 1989 Balagtas National Award, the 1990 Cultural Center of the Philippines Gawad Para sa Sining for Literature, the 1996 Diwa ng Lahi from the City of Manila, and the 1997 National Artist Award for Literature
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