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The Praying Man: A Novel

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"Even while I was going through the final drafts of my novels Villa Magdalena and The Volcano, written more than five years before their publication in 1965, I was already thinking of the dramatic possibilities of the idea of dwelling in the same man both the need to pray and the tendency to prey on others. I finished the first draft in Iowa City in the summer of 1967. In ...more
Paperback, 172 pages
Published December 28th 1982 by Cellar Book Shop (first published January 1st 1982)
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There is a scene in The Praying Man in which the main character, Big Pharma executive Cristino "C.M." Magat, has a private meeting with the President of the Philippines. The former's company has been given a monopoly on all the medicines that government hospitals will buy--and you can bet that he doesn't want to lose it. But that (illegal) deal now seems to be hanging on a new condition: the President wants the medicines to be much, much cheaper.

He presents Magat with the example of the f
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C.M. - Cris Magat, a self made millionaire in Philippines, this is his rags to riches story through poverty, hunger, corruption and finally power.

A man of voracious sexual appetite, Cris has it all, an empire of pharmaceutical companies. He is the close one of the elected President. A philanthropist to the world and a ruthless businessman at the heart. Despite executing power, the ripples of betrayal are not far from him.

With an eccentric mistress, a devoted but equally ruthless wife, and a wayw
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Bienvenido N. Santos was born in Tondo, Manila, on March 22, 1911. When Santos started school, the Philippines was already a colony of the United States and instruction was in English. In his early attempts at creative writing, Santos developed an ear for three kinds of communication: Pampango in the songs his mother sang at home; English in the poems and stories his teacher read at school; and Ta ...more

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