F. Sionil José

in Rosales, Pangasinan, Philippines
December 03, 1924



Francisco Sionil José was born in 1924 in Pangasinan province and attended the public school in his hometown. He attended the University of Santo Tomas after World War II and in 1949, started his career in writing. Since then, his fiction has been published internationally and translated into several languages including his native Ilokano. He has been involved with the international cultural organizations, notably International P.E.N., the world association of poets, playwrights, essayists and novelists whose Philippine Center he founded in 1958.

F. Sionil José, the Philippines' most widely translated author, is known best for his epic work, the Rosales saga - five novels encompassing a hundred years of Philippine history - a vivid documenta

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A conversation with Adolf Azcuna: His legacy & 'The Writ of Amparo'
HINDSIGHT By F Sionil Jose Updated June 14, 2009 12:00 AM

Associate Justice Adolf Azcuna of the Supreme Court

Since my bookshop is within walking distance from the Department of Justice, the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court, every so often, my customers are mandarins of the legal profession who, for so many years, have a... Read more of this blog post »
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Dusk (Rosales Saga, #1)

4.15 avg rating — 1,016 ratings — published 1984 — 13 editions
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Ermita: A Filipino Novel

4.21 avg rating — 610 ratings — published 1988 — 2 editions
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My Brother, My Executioner ...

4.04 avg rating — 478 ratings — published 1973 — 3 editions
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The Pretenders (Rosales Sag...

4.06 avg rating — 466 ratings — published 1962 — 5 editions
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Tree (Rosales Saga, #2)

4.02 avg rating — 425 ratings — published 1978 — 3 editions
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Mass (Rosales Saga, #5)

4.06 avg rating — 362 ratings — published 1973 — 6 editions
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Gagamba: The Spider Man

3.92 avg rating — 310 ratings — published 1991 — 4 editions
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Ben Singkol

4.14 avg rating — 244 ratings — published 2001 — 2 editions
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Viajero (A Filipino Novel)

4.10 avg rating — 244 ratings — published 1993 — 5 editions
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Three Filipino Women

3.94 avg rating — 230 ratings — published 1992 — 5 editions
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“The obscenities of this country are not girls like you. It is the poverty which is obscene, and the criminal irresponsibility of the leaders who make this poverty a deadening reality. The obscenities in this country are the places of the rich, the new hotels made at the expense of the people, the hospitals where the poor die when they get sick because they don't have the money either for medicines or services. It is only in this light that the real definition of obscenity should be made.”
F. Sionil José, Ermita: A Filipino Novel

“We write from life and call it literature, and literature lives because we are in it.”
F. Sionil José, In Search of the Word: Selected Essays

“Time will come that all that we love, we will eventually lose, and all that we hate we will eventually face.”
F. Sionil José


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