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The Hand of the Enemy

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Paperback, 139 pages
Published 1998 by University of Philippines Press (first published 1962)
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May 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Kerima Polotan-Tuvera won a Stonehill Award in 1961 for this novel.

Polotan's writing is blunt, and mostly spare, until you reach those dramatic scenes where she builds up the atmosphere. Then you get the full force of her generation's vocabulary, which has emotional impact, and yet dates the narrative. She uses a word like "befouled", where newer writers would say "tainted". I like her writing style - it's very clear-eyed and realistic for the time period.

There is a description of office politi
Private grief was laminated in The Hand of the Enemy. But as with the best works of grief literature, the personal and the political (historical) were intertwined. Set in the postwar period of 1950s to 1960s, the novel was the story of two marriages and their dissolution. The title was so ambiguous it could be applied to any enemy, and to either of the two hands.

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Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
i want to read this book
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Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love tires everyone out.
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
First published when I was just a toddler learning to walk, when a 9 to 5 employee earned 200 pesos a month (the cost of a decent meal at a mall now) and when a Senator still salivated with a 25,000-peso bribe (perhaps what a Senator gives to his driver now as a Christmas bonus).

I liked it when the author went bitching about the rich ("a knowledgeable, well-informed impostor who spouted the kind of froth that passed for profundity"; "the smooth banalities of the wealthy, out-foxing each other")
Nicole Tantoco
Jan 02, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: filipino
the feeling of hopelessness and despair in this novel does not let up. not very well-written in some parts; i felt my version lacked careful editing. the plot in general is sort of interesting but it gets weighed down by such heavy, miserable characters!
Rohana Monzon
Oct 18, 2015 rated it liked it
The book is a surprisingly easy read with engaging characters and plot, narrated with a flowing style. However I feel unhappy with the sudden end.
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It was intensifying. A work that brings you back to history and life in reality.
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Kerima Polotan-Tuvera was a Filipino author. She was a renowned and highly respected fictionist, essayist, and journalists, with her works having received among the highest literary distinctions of the Philippines.[1] Some of her stories have been published under the pseudonym Patricia S. Torres.

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