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The House of True Desire: Essays on Life and Literature
This book brings together some 115 essays from Bautista's weekly column, "Breaking Signs," which has been appearing in the Philippine Panorama, Sunday magazine of Manila Bulletin, for 17 years now. The subject is the interlink between life and literature, how one provokes the other for an interesting and fruitful dialogue. How far is life reflected in literature, and liter ...more
Paperback, 405 pages
Published 2010 by University of Santo Tomas Publishing House
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Cirilo F. Bautista is Professor Emeritus of Literature at De La Salle University-Manila. A poet, novelist, essayist and critic, he has published books of poetry, fiction, criticism for which he has won such awards as the Philippine Centennial Literary Prize and Palanca Hall of Fame. He is a resident of Quezon City with his wife, Rose Marie Jimenez Bautista and together, they raised their three chi ...more
“... misfortune and creativity go together.”
“Because life, as Pablo Picasso averred, 'is a very bad novel', it has to be reworked through the writers' suffering into something much more meaningful, much more valuable. A life lived and relived, then, emitting intensity and beauty only achievable by a journey through pain.”More quotes…