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Empire of Memory

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  58 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
This is a land both fact and fiction, where generations leave no trace of themselves and everything is constantly wiped out by clockwork destruction: typhoon, tsunami, earthquake, drought. Because of this we have no memory of ourselves: we remember only the last deluge, the last seismic upheaval.

Two friends are hired by Marcos to rewrite Philippine history. Their mission:
Paperback, 2nd ed, 304 pages
Published 2000 by Anvil Publishing, Inc. (first published 1992)
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Gena Myrtle
Dec 05, 2015 Gena Myrtle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I fell in love from the first page down to the last. The main characters working for the government—and in fact getting more favor from the Palace by the day—start questioning their work, their morals, their future, in the hands of an administration they knew was bound to fall. And it's not just them but everyone in this story. This novel is a fight between ideology and finding one's true self that may or may not be congruent to one's ideals for the country. This reminds me of what Marx one said ...more
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Oct 16, 2010 Lit React rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For my money this book is a strong contender for the great Philippine novel. During my stay in college, I got the impression that the work traditionally feted as the great Philippine novel is A Woman with Two Navels . Don't you believe it. Empire and Woman topically share the shame theme of identity and searching. The title alone of Woman implies two mothers, or at least, two sources of nourishment for an infant. Personally though I found Woman to be staid, and well, boring. (This is not to knoc ...more
May 16, 2009 Gaby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderfully rich novel, this covers Philippine current history with a deft hand and a strong sense of humor. Magical realism in the Southeast Asian context with jabs at Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos, Eric Gamalinda weaves in history with fantasy. The scene where Imelda Marcos had the Beatles beaten up on their way to the airport was both hilarious and true - she felt insulted when they refused to do a command performance in Malacanang Palace during martial law so her henchmen attacked them! This ...more
Sep 27, 2015 Apple rated it it was amazing
Now this is a book that every Filipino should read. Eric Gamalinda captures the very essence of how Filipinos endure despite all the bad things that happened in our shared past. In addition, he also effectively conveys our gullibility, mysticism, disillusionment, yearning, strength, and our many flaws. But despite the latter, Gamalinda places his focus on the number one strength of the Filipinos - our HOPE. We may be ruled by corrupt officials, stricken by natural disasters, may find ourselves w ...more
Ivan Labayne
Apr 24, 2016 Ivan Labayne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pinoy
nagkape si Sal X, pero di sya si Sal Paradise. Inimbestigahan ni Al at Jun ang absurd, pero di sila makatingin sa mga sarili at ke Marcos o Ninoy. Halos walang boses to
AarBee Labasug
its a very nice story
Alan Warren
May 26, 2016 Alan Warren rated it really liked it
Shelves: ordered
Extremely entertaining story enriched by a background of assumed historical fact, it's really hard to tell if it's a factual background as the book is about recording history with a flavour that supports the financier of the work. You'll need a dictionary to read this book, I did; the author, Filipino by birth, has a far superior command of the English language than I. It's a good read, enjoyed it immensely!
Don Castillo
A historical-political-adventure novel about deception, censorship, treachery, activism, and love (for family and for the country).

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Eric T. Gamalinda is a poet, a fictionist and an essayist. He took undergraduate courses at the UST for three years and the UP for a semester. He was a local fellow for poetry of the UP ICW in 1983. In 1990, he went to Great Britain to represent the Philippines in the Cambridge International Writers’ Conference and to attend the Hawthornden International Writers’ Retreat in Scotland, 1991. he got ...more
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