Merlinda Bobis





Merlinda Bobis


Born
in Legaspi City, Philippines
November 25, 1959

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Merlinda Carullo Bobis is a contemporary Philippine-Australian writer and academic. Also a dancer and visual artist, Bobis currently teaches at Wollongong University.

Born in Legaspi City, in the Philippines province of Albay, Merlinda Bobis attended Bicol University High School then completed her B.A. at Aquinas University in Legaspi City. She holds post-graduate degrees from the University of Santo Tomas and University of Wollongong, and now lives in Australia.

Written in various genres in both Filipino and English, her work integrates elements of the traditional culture of the Philippines with modern immigrant experience. Her play Rita's Lullaby was the winner of the 1998 Awgie for Best Radio Play and the international Prix Italia of the
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Average rating: 3.78 · 512 ratings · 69 reviews · 13 distinct works · Similar authors
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“After a while, she murmurs, "What does it mean... what is it to be American?" The question stuns him. That he doesn't know how to answer stuns him more. Or maybe he doesn't know the answer. Maybe certainty is impossible. We're only as real as what we do and what is done to us in the moment; knowing comes much later, if it comes at all. We're jostled by too many acts that we choose to forget.”
Merlinda Bobis, The Solemn Lantern Maker: A Novel

“It was curved. It was broken. It was cool to the touch. I found myself looking at half a bowl. Bowl. The word rang inside my own skull and instinctively I touched my brow. All quiet up there. It had decided to stay small and snug and hidden. I brought back my find into the shadow. But I could not put back the creature together again. All the little skulls would not fit into the circle of bones, as if that safe place had grown too small. And it was impossible to restore the big skull to its trunk. I”
Merlinda Bobis, Locust Girl: A Lovesong

“Palm sex. Rings a bell, I know, what with the joke about Mrs Palmer and her five lovely daughters. Wish I could find that funny, but like the act it’s too obvious and predictable. Fondle-rub-oooh-fondle-rub-rub-hah-hah-hah-hah-oooooooooh God! And you’re not even Catholic. But palm sex is something else. It’s the act of any stranger sucking the centre of your palm, where the lifeline and heartline intersect, to draw out the nasty ache hiding there. A thorn or sliver of glass or wood or the thinnest chip of china from the last decent plate in the house after one of its creatures had lost her temper. I”
Merlinda Bobis, White Turtle

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